Citing Trump’s Rhetoric, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned on Thursday, becoming the second Cabinet secretary to exit the administration in opposition to President Trump’s irresponsible encouragement of the rioters who surrounded the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, which resulted in violence and several deaths.
“That behavior was unconscionable for our country,” said DeVos in her resignation letter, according to The Wall Street Journal. “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
DeVos’ resignation follows that of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who said the deadly storming of the Capitol building—which forced Congress to halt its certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win—was “entirely avoidable.” Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.).
For her part, DeVos lamented that the riots had overshadowed the administration’s accomplishments. Indeed, education policy has been on of the brighter
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