Billionaire Ken Langone knocks Trump's actions surrounding riot: 'I feel betrayed'


Billionaire Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone said Wednesday that he felt “betrayed” by President TrumpDonald TrumpGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment YouTube temporarily bars uploading of new content on Trump's channel House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump MORE's conduct before and after last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“I think the biggest mistake anybody is going to make is try and rationalize what happened last week, what the president did and what that crowd did,” Langone said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” hours before the House was scheduled to impeach Trump for a second time. “There should be no mitigation at all. It was horrible. It was wrong. I’m shocked.”

“It should never have happened in this country,” he continued. “If it doesn’t break every American’s heart, something is wrong. It breaks my heart, for sure. I didn’t sign up for that.”

Langone went on to urge Americans to unify ahead of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Disney, Walmart say they will block donations to lawmakers who objected to Electoral College results MORE’s inauguration, saying 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 the history of this country.”

Langone made similar comments in 2017 after Trump insisted the attendees of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., included “very fine people." The billionaire said Trump “completely mishandled the situation in Charlottesville,” although he continued to back the president's economic policies.

The president’s handling of the riot and his repeated promotion of unproven conspiracy theories about voter fraud have led to numerous high-profile defections in the waning days of his presidency. Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down Why Biden's diversity efforts fall flat MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosBiden's has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians Acting DHS chief Chad Wolf stepping down The Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what comes next MORE both resigned last week, citing his rhetoric leading up to the riots.

Soon after, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender GOP Sen. Tim Scott opposes impeaching Trump Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (R-Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.) became the first GOP senators to call for his resignation. At least four House Republicans, including House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGrowing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment House passes measure calling on Pence to remove Trump Republican Fred Upton says he'll vote to impeach Trump MORE (R-Wyo.), are set to vote for his impeachment.