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“’I think the biggest mistake anyone is going to make is trying to rationalize what happened last week, what the president did and what that crowd did. There should be no mitigation. It was horrible. It was wrong. I am in shock ‘. ”
That’s Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot HD, + 0.41%, explaining to CNBC on Wednesday why he feels “betrayed” by the riots that broke out on Capitol Hill last week. “Last Wednesday was a disgrace,” Langone continued. “It should never have happened in this country. If it doesn’t break the hearts of all Americans, something is wrong. It breaks my heart, sure. I didn’t sign up for that. ”
With that, Langone, who has backed Trump
‘s policies over the years as a Republican donor, urged the country to rally behind the president-elect. “If there is a moment in history when all Americans should be patriots, this is that moment,” he said. “I’m going to 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.” Watch the interview: Langone’s comments were made as the House prepared to vote on whether Donald Trump should be indicted for inciting the insurrection; he would be the first president in the history of the United States to be indicted twice. Trump, for his part, denied any responsibility for the violence and said his speech was “totally appropriate.” He also criticized the Democrats for their “ridiculous” plans to impeach him.