President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has submitted her resignation after his supporters invaded the U.S Capitol building during the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory on Wednesday January 6.
In her resignation letter to Trump dated Thursday, which CNN obtained a copy of, she calls the rioters’ behavior “unconscionable” and wrote, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” she added.
“I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgment and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday.”
She joins Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao who also resigned after taking “time to absorb” the insurrection on Capitol Hill and the President’s response to it. “Today, there was a lot of soul-searching and discussion,” a senior administration official said. “It was obviously the right thing to do.”
Resignations from the Trump administration started on Wednesday with first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, the White House social secretary, a deputy press secretary, and Trump’s deputy national security adviser all resigned after the Wednesday riots by the President supporters.
Last night, Speaker of the House Rep., Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump over the Capitol Hill invasion.