Former BET CEO Bob Johnson Calls Out Obama For 'Class Warfare'
Johnson tells Obama to pay his secretary more, then she'll pay more taxes
Warren Buffet wants to pay more taxes. Russell Simmons asked that his taxes be raised as well. Even the guy that helped start Google wants to see his taxes increased. But one guy who isn't going for it is BET founder Robert Johnson.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday he said, “I think the president has to recalibrate his message. You don't get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. I grew up in a family of 10 kids and the first one to go to college, and I've earned my success. I've earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so. Attacking me is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy.”
Johnson became the world's first African-American billionaire in 2001 when he sold BET to Viacom. He would later go on to become the first majority owner of an American major league sports team when he founded the Charlotte Bobcats.
"Being rich doesn't mean that I'm a bad guy,” Johnson added. “I went into business to create jobs, create opportunity, create value for myself and my investors, and that's what the president should be praising, not demagoguing us simply because Warren Buffett says [his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does]. He should pay his secretary more and she'll pay more.”
This isn't the first time Johnson has been critical of Obama. During the 2008 presidential election, Johnson was a Hilary Clinton supporter and caught some flack for inferring that Obama was out in the streets smoking weed while the Clinton's were actually trying to help black people. Johnson would later apologize.