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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 TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT 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.”

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Langone went on to urge Americans to unify ahead of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries 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 ChaoMcMaster: Trump running again would be 'terribly divisive' Azar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosAzar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE both resigned last week, citing his rhetoric leading up to the riots.

Soon after, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiDemocratic lawmaker says 'assassination party' hunted for Pelosi during riot Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate 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 CheneyGOP divided over Liz Cheney's future The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history GOP in bind over Trump as corporate donations freeze MORE (R-Wyo.), are set to vote for his impeachment.