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

BET founder Robert Johnson said the 2020 election is President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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 WarrenAmerica's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries This week: Senate starts infrastructure sprint Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE (I-Vt.), along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRussia says 24 diplomats asked by U.S. to leave by September Biden discusses Canadian citizens detained in China with Trudeau Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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.