After his followers stormed the U.S. Capitol building during the declaration of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win on Wednesday, January 6, President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, forwarded her resignation.
She calls the actions of the rioters “unconscionable” in her resignation letter to Trump dated Thursday, which CNN obtained a copy of, and added, “There is no mistake about the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is for me the inflection point.”
“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” she said.
“I assume we each have a moral duty to uphold good judgment and act as role models we hope they would emulate. They must know from us because America is greater than what occurred yesterday.”
She joins Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who departed after “taking time to absorb” the Capitol Hill rebellion and the reaction of the President to it. “There was a lot of soul-searching and reflection today,” a senior official in the administration said. “Obviously, it was the correct thing to do.”
Trump administration resignations began on Wednesday with first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, the social secretary of the White House, a vice press secretary, and Trump’s deputy national security adviser all resigning after the President’s followers’ riots on Wednesday.
House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Vice President Mike Pence last night to invoke the 25th amendment to oust President Donald Trump over the invasion of Capitol Hill.