Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned Thursday night in the wake of President Trump’s role in encouraging the storming of the Capitol by protesters on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal first reported.
“We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” she wrote in her resignation letter to Trump. “Instead we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
DeVos is the second cabinet member to resign in the wake of the riot, following Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.