BET founder Robert Johnson went on CNBC on Wednesday following the first presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

“Where I come out as a businessman, I will take the devil I know over the devil I don’t know any time of the week,” Johnson said on “Squawk Box.”

“I know what President Trump has done and what he’s said he will do. I don’t know what Vice President Biden has said he will do other than masks, listen to the scientists,” he said. The 74-year-old also added “pandemic safety” versus “economy growth” in response to how the coronavirus will be handled.


ohnson went on to say, “As for black Americans we vote consistently 90% for Democrats. But if we don’t get clear and concise direction on the benefit of changing courses at this time. Again, I am speaking as a business person. I would rather know who I am going to deal with in the White House. I want to know what regulatory decisions they’re going to make. What fiscal policy decisions. What monetary policy decisions they’re going to make than be taking a chance.”

Johnson has been known as a big Democratic supporter but does support some of Trump’s policies. In 2019, the first Black Billionaire told CNBC that Democrats have moved “too far to the left,” in his view.

He said:

“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left, and for that reason, I don’t have a particular candidate (I’m supporting) in the party at this time,” he told the outlet. “I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump, then that person, he or she, will have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that.”

Johnson has previously criticized Biden and earlier this year called on him to “spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets” after Biden told a radio host that “you ain’t Black” if you vote for Trump. Biden later apologized for the remark.

It’s safe to say Johnson is not impressed with China Joe.

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