‘I really feel betrayed’ — Ken Langone blasts Trump and Capitol rioters, vows to help Biden
Republican businessman Ken Langone on Wednesday blasted final week’s Capitol Hill riot, indicating on CNBC he felt “betrayed” by President Donald Trump’s actions that led as much as the lethal occasions.
“I believe the most important mistake anyone goes to make is attempt to rationalize what occurred final week, what the president did and what that crowd did,” Langone stated on “Squawk Field.” “There ought to be no mitigation in any respect. It was horrible. It was mistaken. I am 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 School. Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and repeated lies about widespread fraud within the November election 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 really feel betrayed,” stated Langone, who has been extremely supportive of Trump’s financial insurance policies through the years whereas additionally at instances criticizing the president, akin to for his response to the lethal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
“Final Wednesday was a shame,” added Langone, the billionaire co-founder of House Depot who has donated through the years to Republicans. “It ought to by no means have occurred on this nation. If it does not break each American’s coronary heart, one thing is mistaken. It breaks my coronary heart, for positive. I did not join that.”
Langone, who serves as chairman of the board of NYU Langone Medical Middle, urged Individuals to rally behind Biden and ditch partisanship. “If there is a time in historical past the place all Individuals have to be a patriot, that is that point,” he stated.
“I will do every part I can from Day One to verify I do my half to make Joe Biden essentially the most profitable president within the historical past of this nation,” Langone stated. “There is a egocentric purpose for that, we have very severe main points in American to cope with,” such because the coronavirus pandemic and public schooling.
Langone’s feedback come because the Home of Representatives prepares to vote to question Trump once more, this second time for his position in inciting the Capitol riot. The Democratic-led effort has gained the help of some GOP members, together with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. She’s the third-ranked Republican within the Home.
“I do not care” whether or not Trump is impeached, Langone stated. “All I care about is one factor: Jan. 20, Joe Biden goes to be sworn in as president.”
Requested particularly about Republican members of Congress who voted towards finalizing Biden’s victory, even after the lethal riot, Langone stated: “I do not know what the hell that they had of their thoughts, frankly. … What was it a grandstand play?”
“There’s going to be loads of time, and I am positive there’s going to be a variety of power spent, to do what they need to do whether or not it is to Trump, whether or not it is to these senators or no matter it’s,” Langone added. “On the finish of the day, thank God, we’re a democracy and the voters can have the final phrase.”