Robert Johnson, the founder of BET, recommends that African Americans have an open mind about President-elect Donald Trump and search for areas of agreement with him and GOP lawmakers, CNBC reports.

“Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding [a] way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward,” Johnson told CNBC. “Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground.”

He met face-to-face with Trump on Sunday. But Johnson, a Democrat, said there’s no chance of him working in the Trump administration because he “never worked for the government … and never wanted to work for the government.”

The meeting was not so much an interview but a discussion about “business solutions to social problems,” Johnson explained to the news outlet.

During his campaign, Trump infamously told African-Americans they have nothing to lose by voting for him because Democrats have failed for decades to improve their lives.

Johnson said he addressed that statement during the meeting: “The real question you should be asking is what do African-Americans have to gain from your presidency,” he told CNBC.

Johnson said the way he looks at the situation is that “Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests,” paraphrasing Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., a St. Louis Democrat who served in the House of Representatives for three decades.

The media magnate and first African-American billionaire stated that Trump and the GOP are neither enemies nor friends.


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11 thoughts on “BET Founder Urges Black Community To Give Trump A Chance

  1. mr soul on said:

    Bob take your old sell out uncle tom tap dancing ass down some place . PLEASE GIVE THAT 2 LEG WIG WEARING DOG A CHANCE !!!! who has a updated membership in the KKK YOU MAKE ME SICK TOM OH UNCLE BOB

  2. Oma Tekoa on said:

    All the comments i have read so far are such a disappointment. Why should we not look for common grounds that would benefit our community? We gained very little under Obama (my grandma pays more under Obamacare) if anything at all. Why not try to get the best for our community and see how we can become empowered as business owners under a Trump Administration? Why all the hate for all things Trump and all person connected to Trump? In the end we are a community will be worse off if we remain hostile to a Trump administration, becuase dealing with Trump “is the only game in town” right now and we have to play it. Think people, stop hating.

    • mr soul on said:

      Okay Oma you go under his desk and suck his old chicken neck _ _ _ _ and hope that you will something . This man HATE BLACK FOLK what the hell wrong with you please leave the drugs alone.

  3. I don’t like Trump because I think he’s a liar, a manipulator, a con artist, a bully, and an actor. That being said…….I’ll wait and see what he does (if anything) for those in the Black community that need jobs. Especially Black males that have been shut out of employment (for so many reasons). For the record……there are lots of Black males that are already gainfully employed in just about every industry in the book. But of course we never focus on that

  4. john scales on said:

    The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply “the Klan”, is the name of three distinct past and present movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary currents such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, and, especially in later iterations, Nordicism,[7][8] anti-Catholicism,[9][10] and antisemitism,[10] historically expressed through terrorism aimed at groups or individuals whom they opposed.[11] All three movements have called for the “purification” of American society, and all are considered right wing extremist organizations.[12][13][14][15]

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