“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us…”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — one of President Trump’s longest-serving cabinet members — announced her resignation Thursday, citing Trump’s encouragement of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, New York Daily News reports.
“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote in a letter to Trump.
DeVos expressed worry about how schoolchildren would view the attack.
“Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us,” DeVos said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News.
“I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgement and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday.”
Her resignation is effective Friday.
DeVos was the second member of Trump’s cabinet to resign Thursday. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — also quit.
In her resignation letter, Chao noted that the Capitol attack was carried out by Trump supporters “following a rally he addressed.”