facebook
twitter
search
search

Home Depot's Langone apologizes for remarks about wealthy, Nazis

March 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM

ARLINGTON, Va., March 19 (UPI) -- Ken Langone, billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, apologized for comments he made comparing the plight of wealthy Americans to the victims of Nazi Germany.

In an interview published Tuesday by Politico, Langone spoke of some wealthy Americans' response perceived attacks on the rich by Democrats.

"I hope it's not working, because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don't survive as a society if you encourage or thrive on envy or jealousy," Langone said.

Late Tuesday Langone, a major Republican Party donor, said in a statement: "My remarks were intended to discourage pitting one group against another group in a society. If my choice of words was inappropriate, and they well may have been that, I extend my profound apologies."

Langone's remarks led some to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., to repudiate him and return donations Cuomo received from him, Politico said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Germanwings pilot Lubitz buried quietly amid investigation
Russia investigates legality of 1991 recognition of Baltic independence
South Korea fires warning shots at boat from North
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
North Korea raises alarm over violent crime