Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Resigns Over Pro-Trump Capitol Riot: 'It Is an Inflection Point'

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos becomes the second member of Trump's cabinet to resign in wake of the riots at the US Capitol.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed the H.R. 748, the CARES Act on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday night.

National Education Association: “Resigning 13 days before the end of this administration does nothing to erase the harm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done to this country’s students, their families and educators.”

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 8, 2021

DeVos becomes the second person in Donald Trump's cabinet to resign in wake of the insurrection on the US Capitol by his supporters. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said she would be resigning earlier today. 

"We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people," DeVos wrote, per CNBC. "Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protestors overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business." 

"That behavior was unconscionable for our country," she continued. "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is an inflection point for me."DeVos explained in her letter that "impressionable children" were watching and learning from what transpired yesterday.

DeVos's decision to leave comes less than two weeks away from the arrival of the Biden administration, which has already nominated Miguel Cardona to take over her post.

Her resignation follows an NBC News report that "informal discussions" have been held regarding whether or not to invoke the 25th Amendment, which dictates that Congress must intervene when a president is no longer capable of fulfilling their duties, but refuses to step down. 

The resignations of DeVos and Chao has many wondering if they are trying to evade the pressure of having to invoke the 25th Amendment, which requires majority support from Trump's cabinet, along with Mike Pence. 

Betsy DeVos, Elaine Chao and the rest of these cabinet members and officials are just fleeing the sinking ship.

Profiles in cowardice.

The brave thing to do would be to stay and expel the president via the 25th Amendment.

— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@NickKnudsenUS) January 8, 2021

Betsy DeVos bailing so she doesn’t have to take a stand on the 25th Amendment is a fitting end to the career of the most incompetent Secretary of Education in history.

— Maura Healey (@maura_healey) January 8, 2021

If Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao were actually concerned about Trump's lies causing violent coup attempts, they were two of the only people who could do something about it with the 25th Amendment. They don't want to stop him, they just want to leave before the stench gets on them.

— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 8, 2021

She shouldn’t be resigning. She and other members of the Cabinet should be invoking the 25th Amendment. Even in her final action, Betsy DeVos fails the test.

— GLAAD (@glaad) January 8, 2021

Elizabeth Warren, who previously called DeVos "the worst Secretary of Education we’ve seen," was brutally honest when responding to the news of her resignation.  

Betsy DeVos has never done her job to help America’s students. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that she’d rather quit than do her job to help invoke the 25th Amendment.

Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever.

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 8, 2021

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's former acting chief of staff and current U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, has also decided to leave. 

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