WATCH: NBA’s Ernie Johnson’s Powerful Thoughts On The Election

Ernie Johnson, host of TNT’s Inside the NBA had a powerful take on the presidential election on Thursday night’s episode. Johnson opened the interview by saying he felt like he had been dealt a bad hand this election. According to Johnson there were “trust issues with Hillary Clinton and this inflammatory rhetoric with Donald Trump that I just couldn’t get past.” Johnson went on to say “I couldn’t vote for either one. For the first time in 42 years I hit the write in button and I voted for John Kasich. I left knowing that John Kasich wasn’t going to win, but I left with a clear conscience.”

Johnson later expressed that he was hopeful:

“I’m hopeful. I watched the video today on CNN of what was going on at the White House with Donald Trump and President Obama. I was hopeful and I was encouraged that there will be a difference between the President Trump and the campaigning Trump. And I’m with these guys, we have to give him a chance. But here’s the deal, I just hope he’s all in … in fixing the wounds in this country and the divides that separate this country. And I want to be part of that too. And for me to part of it, I have to look in the mirror and say, ‘How am I going to be a better man? How am I going to be a better neighbor? How am I going to be a better citizen? How am I going to be a better American? How can I be a fountain and not a drain?’”

The most powerful piece of the segment came at the very end when the former MLB pitcher said “I know we’re not suppose to talk about politics and religion but we’re already talking about politics so I’m going the R direction too.” Johnson went on to say, “I never know from one election to the next who is going to be in the oval office, but I always know who is on the throne.”


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