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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation, saying President Donald Trump’s role in spurring the mob that breached the US Capitol on Wednesday was “the inflection point,” making her the second Cabinet member to resign over the incident.
In her resignation letter to Trump dated Thursday, which CNN obtained a copy of, DeVos called the rioters’ behavior “unconscionable” and wrote, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” she added.
“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 greater than what transpired yesterday.”
DeVos joins Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who had announced her resignation earlier Thursday after taking “time to absorb” the insurrection on Capitol Hill and the President’s response to it, according to a senior administration official.
“Today, there was a lot of soul-searching and discussion,” a senior official said. “It was obviously the right thing to do.”