Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attends a meeting at the White House in Washington on June 26, 2020. (Tom Brenner / Reuters)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned from the Trump administration Thursday night, the day after pro-Trump protesters descended on the Capitol, breached security barriers and forced lawmakers to vacate the Senate.
DeVos is the second member of President Trump’s cabinet to resign in response to the uprising after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao submitted her resignation Thursday.
“Impressive children watch and learn from us. I believe we all have a moral obligation to use good judgment and model the behavior we hope will emulate them. You need to know from us that America is bigger than what happened yesterday. To that end, I am stepping down from my position today, effective Friday January 8th, in support of the oath I have taken on our Constitution, our people and our freedoms, ”she wrote in her letter of resignation.
DeVos also complained that the riots were diverted from celebrating the Trump administration’s successes as his presidency ended, and reprimanded the president for contributing to the violence with his rhetoric.
“We should highlight and celebrate the many achievements of your administration on behalf of the American people. Instead, we must clean up the chaos caused by violent protesters who overran the US Capitol to undermine people’s business. This behavior was incomprehensible to our country. There’s no doubt about how your rhetoric influenced the situation, and it’s the turning point for me. “
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