“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned Thursday evening.
NEWS: Betsy DeVos has resigned, writing in a letter to the president: "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me." https://t.co/Kiq4WwbKhh
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 8, 2021
In a letter to Trump, which said she would leave office Friday, DeVos listed what she said were the successes she and Trump had in education policy.
“We should be highlighting and celebrating your Administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people,” DeVos wrote.
“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,” she wrote.
“That behavior was unconscionable for our country,” DeVos wrote. “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is an inflection point for me.”
She also noted that “impressionable children are watching from all of this, and they are learning from us.”
“I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good [judgment] and model the behavior we hope they would emulate,” DeVos wrote. “They must know from us that America is greather than what transpired yesterday.”
She said she was resigning “in support of the oath I took to our Constitution, our people, and our freedoms.”
DeVos condemned the riot at Capitol Hill with this tweet on Wednesday night.
— Secretary Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) January 6, 2021
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