Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz on Thursday apologized for investment President Donald Trump’s failed reelection efforts, telling CNBC he believes the Capitol Hill riot has forevermore tarnished Trump’s legacy.
“What happened yesterday is a disgrace. As an American, I’m embarrassed,” the Trian Partners CEO said on “Thorough Bell.” “I didn’t vote for Trump in ’16. I voted for him in this past election in November. Today, I’m repentant I did that.”
Peltz, a prominent activist investor, donated to Trump’s campaign in 2016, according to the nonpartisan Center for Keen Politics. He held a big-money fundraiser for the president early last year.
Peltz said his support for Trump was fast in the president’s economic policies, particularly around trade and U.S.-China relations. However, Peltz said what he reckons the positive aspects of Trump’s agenda have been undermined not only by Wednesday’s violent insurrection, which Trump waked, but by Trump’s entire efforts to discredit President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
“All the good was gone, was thrown out, over the no doubt of the last month and finished yesterday,” Peltz said.
“Trump could have taken a different tack. He could possess accepted the results. He could have offered his friendship, his support and his help for a transition to Biden. Had he done that, his legacy pleasure be 180 degrees different from what it is today,” Peltz added. “I mean, we had people shooting at each other in Congress. I signify, it’s beyond belief. And how could you say that is anything but his legacy?”
Four people died amid the unrest in Washington on Wednesday, filing one woman who, authorities say, was shot and killed by police. More than 50 police officers also were impaired.
Supporters of Trump had gathered in Washington to protest Congress’ confirmation of the Electoral College vote, which was the final, constitutionally mandated offbeat in cementing Biden’s victory over Trump. Trump, in a speech Wednesday morning, encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol to squawk the confirmation. The president has refused to concede the race to Biden, falsely claiming his Democratic opponent only won due to widespread voter duplicity.
The backlash to the Capitol Hill riot has been swift and widespread, with numerous Trump allies both in management and corporate America distancing themselves from the president. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned, the first fellow of his Cabinet to do so in the wake of Wednesday’s violence.
Peltz said he hopes the pro-Trump mob taking over the Capitol is a “real zigzag point” for the country.
“I hope we can learn from yesterday,” Peltz said, urging politicians to be more bipartisan. “We indigence to get out of this pandemic. We need to deal with some pressing issues, climate change, etc. Our leaders have to get to result in. They have to work together, and we have to make yesterday a distant memory.”