The founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) recently opened up about which presidential candidate he thinks has a better plan for the country — and it’s not Joe Biden.
Robert Johnson said on a recent episode of CNBC’s Squawk Box that he’d prefer the incumbent president over his challenger, “although he stopped short of offering an endorsement,” according to Fox News.
“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 Wednesday, according to CNBC. “And that seems to be what business people are confronting today.”
He went on: “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 [about COVID-19].”
While Johnson said plainly that he isn’t prepared to endorse either candidate for the White House, he did stress the importance of stability and warned against “changing horses at this time.”
“In my opinion, you’re better off dealing with somebody you know where they’re going to be than somebody you really have no idea what decisions they will make at such a critical time,” he said, according to Fox.
“I absolutely do not know what Vice President Biden will do,” Johnson added. “I haven’t heard anything coherent out of what he said he would do.”
The BET founder noted that there’s some value in knowing “what regulatory decisions they’re going to make, what fiscal policy decisions, what monetary policy decisions they’re going to make,” rather “than to be taking a chance, particularly when you have the turbulence of a pandemic.”
Not the first time
Fox News pointed out in its report that the BET founder has clashed with Biden before. Johnson previously took issue with an interview that the former vice president gave in which he said that African American voters who aren’t sure whether to side with him “ain’t Black.”
“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him,” Johnson said at the time, according to Fox.
The TV mogul added: “This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite.”
Johnson told Fox: “[Biden] should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”