No Democratic currently running in the presidential primaries currently stands a chance at defeating President Trump, Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson said during an interview on Friday.
Speaking with CNBC, Johnson said as Democratic candidates continue to trip over themselves moving further and further to the Left, they are doing so at the expense of actually winning the general election.
“Being a long-time Democrat and still am, I do not see anybody in the Democratic primary races today that is enough in the center where I believe most of the voters are,” Johnson said per the Western Journal.
Johnson’s comments come amid a new wave of polls reflecting some potential head-to-head match wins between these Democratic contenders and President Trump. These polls do not reflect reality, Johnson claimed.
“I don’t think it’s there yet, nor do I think right now today, take a snapshot today, I don’t think that group is capable of beating Donald Trump, despite what the polls say,” he added.
The Western Journal adds:
The RealClearPolitics average shows the top four polling Democrats in the field all ahead of Trump by single digits, with former Vice President Joe Biden the highest at 9.9 percent.
Trump was behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton going into the 2016 election in the RealClearPolitics average by just over 3 percent. However, of course, the state by state tally is what determines the winner, which Trump carried with a 306 to 232 in the Electoral College.
Johnson suggested that the lack of a strong centrist Democratic candidate may hurt the party’s nominee with African-American voters, who won’t be as motivated to get out and support whoever prevails in the current field to challenge Trump next November.
Johnson’s comments also come amid a trio of polls that shows Trump’s approval rising among African Americans, currently sitting at or just above 34 percent.
“I still stand by that position,” Johnson told CNBC, per the report. “When you look at the economy overall, and you look at consumer confidence, you look at job growth, you look at unemployment for African-Americans and women, and you look at wages beginning to show some movement upward, I still stand by the position absolutely.”
“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,” he continued.
And, “I don’t care if it’s the way he conducts foreign policy, the way he takes on the government agencies and deals with immigration, he brings his style.”
ICYMI: Last Friday we showed Black Likely Voter approval for @realDonaldTrump at 34%.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) November 25, 2019
When asked, Johnson said his praise for Trump does not mean he will vote for him.
“No, that means I’m going to speak my mind, and speak in an independent way and based on the facts,” Johnson said.