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 TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds 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 BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' 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 ChaoSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader FDA chief says he was 'disgusted' by Capitol riots, considered resigning McMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosPardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump MORE both resigned last week, citing his rhetoric leading up to the riots.

Soon after, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism GOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity 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 CheneyBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Liz Cheney gets 2022 primary challenger after voting to impeach Trump The Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today MORE (R-Wyo.), are set to vote for his impeachment.