Republican businessman Ken Langone on Wednesday blasted final week's Capitol Hill riot, indicting on CNBC he felt "betrayed" by President Donald Trump's actions that lead as much as the lethal occasions.
"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 mentioned on "Squawk Box." "There should be no mitigation at all. It was horrible. It was wrong. I'm shocked."
Trump's supporters overtook the U.S. Capitol precisely one week in the past in an effort to cease Congress from finalizing President-elect Joe Biden's win within the Electoral College. Trump's incendiary rhetoric and repeated lies about widespread fraud within the November elected helped rile up his supporters and, at a speech in Washington, the president inspired supporters who gathered within the metropolis to march to the Capitol.
"I feel betrayed," mentioned Langone, who has been extremely supportive of Trumps' financial insurance policies through the years whereas additionally at occasions criticizing the president, similar to over his response to the lethal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"Last Wednesday was a disgrace," added Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot who has donated through the years to Republicans. "It should never have happened in this country. 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, who serves chairman of the board of the NYU Langone Medical Center, urged Americans to rally behind Biden and ditch partisanship.
"I'm going to 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 mentioned. "There's a selfish reason for that, we've got very serious major issues in American to deal with," such because the coronavirus pandemic and public training.
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