Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), says he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump will have a positive impact on the lives of African-Americans.
Johnson met with Trump in New Jersey on Sunday, and told CNN that he left the meeting “understanding that President Trump is committed to reaching out to African-Americans.”
A billionaire media magnate, Johnson supported Hillary Clinton’s failed White House run. During their meeting, Johnson offered Trump advice on how to connect with black voters.
Johnson shrugged off concerns about racist Trump supporters.
“I know that there are people like that in America,” he said. “It’s been that way ever since slavery existed in this country and they’re not going to go away tomorrow or the next day.”
Johnson also implored black Americans to “find common ground with President-elect Trump.”
“We ought to do it in the best interest of African-Americans and the best interest of the country,” he said.