In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News that touched on 2020 politics, civil unrest and more, Johnson delivered an unvarnished assessment on the current relationship between black voters and the Democratic Party. And he had choice words for the party's presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, who recently told a radio host "you ain't black" if you don't support him -- citing the incident as he made the case for a new party.
"Vice President Biden said to an African-American, a black American host on his show, even if you think about voting for Donald Trump, you're not black," Johnson told Fox News. "To have that mindset, you must have the attitude that we, black Americans, we own you. We can take you for granted ... That, to me, shows you that black Americans are an appendage of a party.”
"I propose that an independent party formed by Black Lives Matter should echo the founding principles of the original Congressional Black Caucus members in 1971 who ... said black Americans should have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests," Johnson said.
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