‘I know I’ll take the devil,’ I don’t know what Biden will do


Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, told CNBC on Wednesday that he is looking at the election between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden through the lens of being a businessman.

Johnson said, “I come out as a businessman, I know the devil that I know about the devil I never even know about in the week.”

When Johnson was pressed, he refused to support Trump outright, instead as a longtime corporate executive he said he knew how the president would react to important issues of the day like coronoviruses and had Not going to run the country.

Johnson, 74, said, “I know what President Trump has done and will do what he has said. I don’t know that Vice President Biden has said he would do other things than masks, listen to the scientists.” He suggested that the coronovirus response should weigh the trade of “epidemic safety” versus “growth of the economy”.

In contrast, Federal Reserve President Jerome Powell previously stated “the path to American economic recovery will depend in large part on our success in containing the virus.”

Johnson has been a big Democratic donor for years, but has also talked positively about Trump’s economic policy. In 2016, he said he disapproved of a position in Trump’s cabinet, saying it was not because of politics, but because he could not deal with government red tape.

Johnson said the American people were the big losers in Tuesday night’s first presidential debate, saying the free-for-all was a 90-minute waste. He repeatedly suggested that he did not learn enough in the debate about Biden, a two-term vice president led by former President Barack Obama.

Johnson, the founder and president of investment firm RLJ, said, “What I hoped he would do was a fair, relaxed balance, if you would in a debate where he would talk about specific policies, especially on black Americans.” Will affect. Because.

Only from a business standpoint, not from a racial injustice standpoint, Johnson reiterated that it is better for corporate executives to know what they are trying to anticipate as president.

“I’d rather know who I’m going to deal with in the White House. I’m going to find out what regulatory decisions they’re going to make. Fiscal policy decisions, what monetary policies are they going to make. One Taking a chance, especially when you have an epidemic unrest, ”said Johnson, who has been praising Trump’s business-focused policies in the past.

When asked specifically about Trump not explicitly condemning white supremacist groups during the debate on Wednesday, Johnson gave his answer for the coronovirus epidemic, saying he did not believe Biden or Trump Separate steps have been taken to reduce the death of Kovid-19.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, America has the highest number of coronovirus deaths in any country in the world, numbering 206,005. This is more than 20% of the global total, which is more than 1 million this week.

Entrepreneur John Hope Bryant, who founded a financial literacy nonprofit, later stated on the “squawk box” that he was disappointed by the presidential race. Referring to Johnson’s comments, he said, “I don’t know where we go from here. It’s not about ‘picking a devil’.”

“Americans want vision and a plan and we lost last night,” Bryant said. “This is not about choosing the devil. We got the basis of this conversation where we are talking about the devil we know or whatever it is that is annoying, worrying and frustrating.”

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