Home Depot founder Ken Langone has partially apologized for comparing the effort to reduce income inequality to Nazi Germany.

Langone made the initial comment in a Politico story published Tuesday, saying of the populist appeals: “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 and thrive on envy or jealousy.”

The billionaire, in a statement shared with the New York Daily News, offered a somewhat-tempered apology, saying that he apologizes "if my choice of words was inappropriate."

"My remarks were intended to discourage pitting one group against another group in a society," he said. "If my choice of words was inappropriate -- and they well may have been that -- I extend my profound apologies to anyone and everyone who I may have offended."

Langone is the second wealthy businessman in recent weeks to compare the income inequality battle to Nazi Germany. Venture capitalist Tom Perkins has called the effort a "progressive Kristallnacht."

Perkins has not backed down from his comment, also saying wealthy people should get more votes.