Republican businessman Ken Langone on Wednesday staged a riot on Capitol Hill last week, stating on CNBC that he felt “betrayed” by President Donald Trump’s actions. To serious events
“I think the biggest mistake anyone will make is trying to figure out what happened last week, what the president did and what the crowd did,” Langone said on “Squawk Box.” The relief of suffering is terrible, wrong, shocking. “
Trump supporters overtook U.S. government agencies a week ago in an effort to stop Congress from finalizing Joe Biden̵7;s victory, elected by the president at the Electoral College. Trump’s insurgent rhetoric and repeated lies about widespread fraud in the November election helped stir up his supporters, and in a speech in Washington, the president encouraged supporters who had gathered in the city. March to the city hall
“I feel betrayed,” said Langone, who has strongly supported Trump’s economic policies over the years while criticizing the president, such as his response to deadly white nationalist rallies in recent years. Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
“It was a shame on Wednesday,” said Langone, a co-founder of Home Depot, a billionaire who has donated to Republicans for years. “It shouldn’t have happened in this country if it didn’t break the heart of every American people. Something went wrong. It broke my heart. Of course, I wasn’t registered for that.”
Langone, who serves as chair of the board of directors of the NYU Langone Medical Center, urged Americans to rally behind Biden and to abandon their membership.
“I will do everything I can from day one to make sure I do my part to make Joe Biden the most successful president in the history of this country,” Langone said. “There is a selfish reason we have. Very important issues in America that need to be addressed, such as the coronavirus outbreak and public education.
Langone’s comments come as the House of Representatives prepares to vote to impeach Trump again, a second for his role in inciting a congressional uprising. The Democratic-led effort was supported by a few GOP members, including Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney.She is the third-ranked Republican in the House of Commons.
“I don’t care” whether Trump is going to be sued, Langone said. “My interest is just one thing: January 20, Joe Biden is sworn in as president.”
Asked specifically about Republican congressmen who voted not to summarize Biden’s victory despite the devastating uprising, Langone said: “I don’t know what they were honest with. Come … “
“There will be a lot of time, and I’m sure a lot of energy will be spent to do what they have to do, be it with Trump, whether it’s a senator or whatever,” Langone added, “at the end. On Thanksgiving we are democrats and voters will have the last word.