In an interview Home Depot Founder Ken Langone referredÂ to Bernie Sanders as the Anti-Christ.
Ken Langone, 82, investor, philanthropist and founder ofÂ Home DepotÂ ,Â has written an autobiography that actually conveys the excitement of businessâ€”of starting an enterprise that creates a job that creates a family, of the joy of the deal and the place of imagination in the making of a career. Its hokey and ebullient name is â€œI Love Capitalismâ€ which I think makes his stand clear.
Why did he write it? I asked him by phone. He wanted to show gratitude, to inspire the youngâ€”â€œIf I can make it, everyone can!â€â€”and he wanted young voters to understand socialism is not the way. â€œIn 2016 I saw Bernie Sanders and the kids around him. I thought: This is the antichrist! We have the greatest engine in the world.â€ The wealthy have an absolute obligation to help others: â€œWhere would we be if people didnâ€™t share their wealth? I got 38 kids on Bucknell scholarships. Theyâ€™re all colors of the rainbow; some are poor kids, rough around the edges. Itâ€™s capitalism!â€ He famously funds NYU/Langone Medical Center.
He worries about the future of economic freedom and sees the selfishness of some of the successful as an impediment. â€œAre there people who are greedy, who do nothing for anyone? Yes.â€ They should feel shame. If the system goes down theyâ€™ll be part of the reason. â€œBut donâ€™t throw the baby out with the bath water!â€