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U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Eddie4God(m): 6:25am On Jan 08
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."

Resignations had started Wednesday with first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, the White House social secretary, a deputy press secretary and Trump's deputy national security adviser all exiting before the night's end. Other officials, sources told CNN, had been considering resigning.

The wave of abrupt exits came after Trump supporters -- spurred by the President -- had breached the Capitol on Wednesday and engulfed the nation's capital in chaos.

After hundreds of pro-Trump rioters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, demonstrators eventually made their way into the building and the House floor was evacuated by police.

Only after pleading from aides and congressional allies inside the besieged Capitol did Trump release a video urging the rioters to "go home," while still fanning their baseless grievances about a stolen election.

DeVos had said in a statement released Wednesday in the aftermath of the breach: "The eyes of America's children and students -- the rising generation who will inherit the republic we leave them -- are watching what is unfolding in Washington today. We must set a better example for them, and we must teach them the solemn obligations and duties that come with the title 'American.'"

A peaceful transfer of power, she said, "is what separates American representative democracy from banana republics."

A top Republican donor and school choice activist, DeVos was tapped to head the Department of Education in 2016. The President hailed her in a statement at the time as "a brilliant and passionate education advocate."

"Under her leadership we will reform the US education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families," Trump said.

While DeVos' tenure was marred by intense criticism of her education policies -- particularly her support for charter schools -- her eagerness and effectiveness at delivering on conservative priorities kept allies of Trump happy.

Frederick M. Hess, an education policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, previously called her a "trust buster" and a threat to the education establishment.

That includes her advocacy for charter schools as well as rolling back of numerous Obama-era regulations and guidelines. Among these was the institution of new protections for college students accused of sexual assault, which her department called a restoration of due process.

Recently, she faced considerable scrutiny internally for rarely attending coronavirus meetings, despite the heavy focus on whether schools should remain open in the spring or open as scheduled in the fall.

But even in her resignation letter, DeVos touted what she called the Education Department's advocacy for "forgotten students" as she bemoaned how Wednesday's violence took away from the Trump administration's "many accomplishments."

"Holding this position has been the honor of a lifetime," DeVos said in concluding her message, "and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve America and her students."

This story has been updated with additional information Thursday.

CNN's Michael Warren, Kevin Liptak, Meridith Edwards and Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/07/politics/betsy-devos-donald-trump/index.html

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Nobody: 6:32am On Jan 08
this will never happen in the sh*thole, they will prefer to go down with him

you will even see slowpokes defending him

they would have preferred to go down with him

STUPID PEOPLE ELECT FOOLISH LEADERS

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by samuel19222(m): 6:33am On Jan 08
Oh! The great America.


i trust naija politicians.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Nbotee(m): 6:49am On Jan 08
Oya where are those comparing What happened in America and Nigeria, come and compare dis one too. How many govt officials resigned or even admitted to what happened in lekki? A country where it's senate apologizes for inviting a President is being compared with a country already talking about invoking the 25th amendment to impeach it's President for inciting violence.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by etsuidris(m): 6:49am On Jan 08
One by One

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Starcrest1: 6:49am On Jan 08
Nawa o, small riot everybody dey resign. But in Nigeria, even if na massacre, nobody is resigning.

Nigerian leaders ain't brilliant.....

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Harrynight(m): 6:49am On Jan 08
grin


Only in a sane country with sane and sincere people.

Our National Assembly has been invaded and no body resigned, they've lay seige on NASS over and over no body resigned the all play along with the dullard like blind followers!

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Mindlog: 6:50am On Jan 08
E reach to.
Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Elsueno: 6:50am On Jan 08
I assure you, this can never ever happen in Nigeria or even Africa. Not only will anybody resign, instead they will budget billions of naira to "fix" the damage glasses after taking over 2 months break. Then insult the hell out of the protesters on tv

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by slawormiir: 6:50am On Jan 08
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Babzrockman: 6:50am On Jan 08
Nothing left for the resignees either.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by twosquare: 6:50am On Jan 08
All of you now trying to save face and portray yourselves to the public like a good person. All na wash. Jumping the ship before it sinks finally. Only fools will be deceived by the supposed moral facade being displayed here.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Oyiboman69: 6:51am On Jan 08
How I wish my disable leaders could emulate this
Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Sodiquinone: 6:51am On Jan 08
Nobody is remembering all the good things Trump did as a president again,he destroyed them all ,and he will go down in history as the most terrible president in US History, just bcs he so much love power,and can't control his mouth

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Naija4love(m): 6:52am On Jan 08
grin

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Gten(m): 6:52am On Jan 08
Femi Adeshina see your mate.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by donteddy(m): 6:52am On Jan 08
Service chief comes my mind. Bunche of failures. Naija don cast.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by blucum(m): 6:52am On Jan 08
This is what happens when an office holder is loyal not to one man but to the constitution.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Mayng01(m): 6:52am On Jan 08
Trump brought all these upon himself , 12 days is still a long way, a lot can still happen.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by Kollysman1: 6:53am On Jan 08
people that has conscience
unlike their counterpart here in Nigeria

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by phransix2: 6:53am On Jan 08
Honorable People... God bless America!!!

Let me don't even talk about Nigeria 20:10:20 the government is still in denial.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by samuel19222(m): 6:53am On Jan 08
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright


Damnnn niggarrrr
he no dey alright for yankee right now, Donald trump yansh dey on fire right now.

but wetin concern the real bombers?

we still bombing twice on friday.

cashapp wa o

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by samuel19222(m): 6:54am On Jan 08
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggarrrr Isoright
uk
Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by dayleke: 6:54am On Jan 08
One by one.....

Is it now their eyes just dey open?

Or na dia brains/sense just dey open now?

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by JessetariahMD(m): 6:54am On Jan 08
I have never seen any Nigerian politician resign from his/her post willingly

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by koolaid87: 6:56am On Jan 08
How foolish Nigerians/Afrikans believe Trump is their messiah still beats me.

Righteousness89, wont you give your Yanky Daddy your nairaland log in?

Haha

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by ElValiente: 6:58am On Jan 08
PopSmoke:
this will never happen in the sh*thole, they will prefer to go down with him

you will even see slowpokes defending him

they would have preferred to go down with him

STUPID PEOPLE ELECT FOOLISH LEADERS

They will defect to incoming party. Those who eat and dine with GEJ where are they today lol. They only loyal to the money.

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Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by RisenPhoenix1(m): 6:58am On Jan 08
Overreaction
Re: U.S Education Secretary, Betsy Devos Resigns Over Capitol Invasion by jaxxy(m): 6:58am On Jan 08
Manipulative democrats having their way on weak republicans. Hypocrisy everywhere undecided

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