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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 ChaoDOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Parliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on COVID-19: Next year Americans will be 'better off' MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosCardona seeks to pivot from DeVos era at Education Senate confirms Biden's Education secretary Motorcade of Libyan interior minister attacked MORE both resigned last week, citing his rhetoric leading up to the riots.

Soon after, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date MORE (R-Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote 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 CheneyRepublicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (R-Wyo.), are set to vote for his impeachment.