It’s the kind of talk that has black liberals like Maxine Waters steaming.
But when Black Entertainment Television founder and billionaire Robert L. Johnson took to CNBC on Friday to give his take on Donald Trump’s presidency so far, it had to ring true even for millions of American who don’t support Trump.
Because Johnson was talking about reality.
In an interview with “Squawk Box” hosts clearly eager to hear some racial animus, Johnson made his priorities clear.
And it was equally clear that Trump, so far at least, has been meeting them.
Naturally, that doesn’t mean he’ll get the credit from Democrat leaders like Waters, a woman devoted to the idea of impeaching the 45th president no matter what Trump has done that’s benefited black Americans.
“You’re living in a world where no good deed goes unpunished, and that’s what’s happening politically,” Johnson said.
“Everything is so toxic that even if you to do something good, the opposition party, or the opposition interests, we’re so divisive, that no matter what the president would do, no matter what the Democrats would do, it’s always negative.”
But the big picture is undeniable, he said.
“If you take into account the Trump tax cut, if you take into account the drop in unemployment, particularly the unemployment for African-Americans, the lowest it’s ever been in history, and you take into account the fact that interest rates are fairly stable, and I think the business community is committed to reinvest capital…
“As a result of that, I think the economy’s going to grow,” Johnson said.
“Put all of that together, and I believe the economy is on a strong growth path.”
Check out the interview here:
Now, that kind of talk shatters the liberal narrative when it comes to Trump.
A“progressive” movement that has spent more than a year since rioting at Trump’s inauguration by fomenting racial trouble from Southern cities with Confederate statues to “protests” in Berkeley, California, doesn’t want the country to hear from a black entrepreneur who praises the president.
And the reality is that, no matter what the black Democrats in Congress like Maxine Waters want voters to believe, the Trump economy is working so far.
“You have to take encouragement from what’s happening in the labor force and the job market,” Johnson said. “When you look at African-American unemployment, in over 50 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping the numbers, you’ve never had two things:
“African-American unemployment this low; and the spread between unemployment among whites and Africa-Americans narrower in the labor force.
“That absolutely means the job market is soliciting employees who have been out of the labor force, some of it just based on discrimination. Some of it based on changes in education, access and technology changes, and so when you look at that, you’ve got to say, something is going right.”
When November’s midterms roll around, those might be words American voters are thinking of when they go to the polls, even if they’re words Maxine Waters can’t bear to hear.
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