BET founder Robert Johnson: No 2020 Democrat is 'capable of beating Trump'

BET founder Robert Johnson said the 2020 election is President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s to lose and that no current Democratic presidential candidate is “capable of beating” him.

In an interview with CNBC that aired Friday, Johnson, who described himself as a longtime Democrat, was bullish of the party’s chances of winning the White House in the upcoming election.


“I think the president has always been in a position where it’s his to lose based on his bringing a sort of disruptive force into what would be called political norms,” Johnson said.

He noted that he didn’t believe any of the current 2020 Democratic candidates in the crowded field appear to be “enough in the center.”

“If you take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Trump despite what the polls say,” Johnson said.

Several national polls have shown a handful of the top Democratic candidates, most notably Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE, with leads against Trump in hypothetical matchups.

Johnson has previously praised Trump for some of the “positive things” the president has done during his time in the White House, particularly noting what Trump has done to grow the economy.

But he stopped short of saying whether he would support Trump in the upcoming election.

“It means that I’m going to speak my mind, speak in an independent way based on the facts and not try to get caught up in the politics,” he said.