Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigned Thursday night following President Trump’s role in encouraging protesters to storm the Capitol on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal first reported.
The ministry confirmed his resignation.
“We should recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of your administration on behalf of the American people,” she wrote in the resignation letter to Trump, which was obtained by Iwithin higher education. “Instead, we must clean up the mess caused by the violent protesters invading the United States Capitol in an attempt to undermine the affairs of the people. This behavior was unreasonable for our country. There is no doubt that your rhetoric has had an impact on the situation, and he’s the inflection point for me. “
“Awesome kids are watching 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. They must know from us that America is bigger than what happened yesterday. To this end, I am resigning from my post today, effective Friday January 8, to uphold the oath that I have taken to our Constitution, our people and our freedoms. “
DeVos is the second cabinet member to resign due to violent riots and the ransacking of the Capitol by protesters. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned earlier Thursday, also due to Trump’s role in instigating the protest.
DeVos had previously strongly condemned the violence Wednesday night as Congress certified the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
“An angry mob cannot be allowed to attack our Capitol and hinder this process,” she said. “The disturbance and violence must end, the law must be obeyed and the work of the people must continue.”
Upon leaving office, DeVos withdrew from the debate on whether to use the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment says that the vice-president and a majority of cabinet members can remove the president and install the vice-president in his place.
Earlier in the week before the capture of the Capitol, DeVos wrote a letter in Congress.
She urged Congress not to pass President-elect Joe Biden’s proposals to eliminate public college tuition or write off student debt.
“I hope you also reject the misguided calls to make college ‘free’ and demand that two-thirds of Americans who have not incurred student debt or who have responsibly paid off student loans to pay off the loans of those who haven’t done the same, ”DeVos wrote.
“Broad-based college debt forgiveness is not only unfair to most Americans, it is also the most regressive policy proposition – rewarding the richest sector of our workforce at the expense of the poorest,” she wrote.
Biden has proposed making community colleges and historically black colleges and universities free, as well as eliminating tuition fees at public colleges and universities for those earning $ 125,000 or less. Biden would also wipe out $ 10,000 in student debt from all borrowers during the pandemic. Then, for those earning $ 125,000 or less, it cancels the debts accumulated to pay for tuition, but not loans for living expenses.
DeVos also urged Congress to preserve the new campus sexual assault rules approved by his administration. Biden said he plans to rescind the rules, which gave more protections to those accused of sexual assault and harassment, but feared they would deter victims from coming forward.
“The regulations, which have the force of law, hold schools accountable for responding fairly and expeditiously to sexual misconduct, and ensure a fairer and more reliable adjudication process,” she wrote.