Billionaire Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone said Wednesday that he felt “betrayed” by President TrumpA number of GOP lawmakers say they support accusation YouTube prevents temporary uploading of new content on Trumps channel House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump MORE‘s behavior before and after last week̵
“I think the biggest mistake anyone will make is trying to rationalize what happened last week, what the president did, and what that crowd did,” Langone said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” hours. before Parliament was scheduled to accuse Trump a second time. “There should be no mitigation at all. It was horrible. That was wrong. I’m shocked.”
“It should never have happened in this country,” he continued. “If it does not break the heart of every American, something is wrong. It definitely breaks my heart. I did not sign up for it. ”
Langone went on to urge Americans to unite before the president-elect Joe BidenJoe Biden Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support indictment House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump Disney, Walmart says they will block donations to lawmakers protesting college election results MORE‘s inauguration and said he would “do everything I can from day 1 to make sure I do my part to make Joe Biden the most successful president in this country’s history.”
Langone made similar comments in 2017 after Trump insisted that participants in the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, include “very nice people.” The billionaire said Trump “completely abused the situation in Charlottesville,” though he continued to back the president’s economic policy.
The president’s handling of the riots and his repeated promotion of untested conspiracy theories about voter fraud have led to several high-profile layoffs in the waning days of his presidency. Transport Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoAgency official says Capitol riots hit close to home of former Transport Secretary Chao, acting DHS chief Chad Wolf, who resigns Why Biden’s diversity efforts fall MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosBiden has the chance to win Conservative Christian acting DHS chief Chad Wolf resigns from note: GOP and nation struggle with what comes MORE both withdrew last week citing his rhetoric that led to the riots.
Shortly after, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell does not repeat the role of Trump defense chief GOP Senator Tim Scott opposes accusing Trump Republicans of primary accusation (R-Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment Used Patriot Act to Collect Site Visitor Logs in 2019 Court of Appeal Decides NSA’s Mobile Data Collection Illegal Dunford Retires from Consideration to Coronavirus Monitoring Panel Chairman MORE (R-Pa.) Became the first GOP senators to demand his resignation. At least four House Republicans, including the President of the House Republican Conference Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Increasing number of GOP lawmakers say they support indictment House passes measure urging Pence to remove Trump Republican Fred Upton says he will vote to accuse Trump MORE (R-Wyo.), Is set to vote for his indictment.