United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation letter on Jan. 7, citing President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the U.S. Capitol riots in Washington D.C. as “the inflection point.”
In her resignation letter, DeVos said that the violent mob attack last Jan. 6 “was unconscionable for our country,” telling the lame duck president that “there is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had” on the attack.
DeVos, who has faced criticism from Democrats since Trump nominated her in 2016, said that instead of highlighting the “accomplishments” of Trump’s administration, they are “left to clean up the mess caused by violent protestors overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the peopleâs business.”
“I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgement and model the behavior we hope they would emulate,” DeVos wrote, after informing Trump that “impressionable children are watching.”
DeVos stated that her resignation is effective on Jan. 8.
DeVos is the second Cabinet member of the Trump administration to resign due to the violence at the Capitol.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao also submitted her resignation on Jan. 7, saying that the “traumatic” Capitol riot left her “deeply troubled in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”
DeVos’ and Chao’s resignations come less than two weeks before the end of Trump’s term.
Earlier this week, DeVos urged the Congress in a farewell letter to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s education policies and to shield Trump’s policies.
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