Outgoing President Donald Trump's administration has seen an unprecedented number of departures throughout the last four years, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is one of the few to serve the Trump administration consistently since immediately following Trump's inauguration.
That came to an end on Thursday when DeVos submitted her resignation in protest of the unprecedented siege on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, fueled by the President's lies that widespread election fraud coordinated by Democrats delivered a false victory to President-elect Joe Biden.
The Trump riots left five people dead after his supporters infiltrated the Capitol, ransacking offices, spreading excrement across the walls, and parading around the Senate floor. Vice President Mike Pence—who was overseeing the joint congressional session to certify Biden's victory that day—was forced to evacuate and lawmakers were told to take refuge in any office or behind any chair they could find.
The President inciting a siege on the U.S. Capitol to upend a crucial legislative process represented one of the darkest days for American democracy in modern history.
For that reason, DeVos submitted her resignation, writing:
"[W]e are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protestors overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the people's business. That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me."
DeVos' words seem far less noble under the context of her reign as Education Secretary, where she fought against expanded student loan forgiveness and against protections for sexual assault victims on college campuses. DeVos repeatedly urged schools to fully reopen during the pandemic that's killed over 350 thousand Americans.
So it may not come as a surprise that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)—the second largest teachers' union in the United States—wasn't sad to see her go.
In fact, they had just two words for her:
People across the nation cackled at the devastating brevity.
It's too early in the morning to be laughing out loud, but here I am....😂!! https://t.co/8be9TckEij— Mighty Mouse to the WH! (@Mighty Mouse to the WH!)1610086907.0
an entire school year of shade in just two words https://t.co/QzMsDIUSXg— shauna (@shauna)1610082263.0
Love it 😂😂😂 https://t.co/252l1Y2LIh— Victoria Kinnaird (@Victoria Kinnaird)1610098847.0
short sweet to the point, as it should be. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣 https://t.co/8gI8VXElzg— Sadie_mo🏳️🌈 (@Sadie_mo🏳️🌈)1610087379.0
The AFT weren't the only ones happy to see DeVos exit.
Betsy DeVos has never done her job to help America’s students. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that she’d rather qui… https://t.co/lLEbzVsB6N— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1610073866.0
The work is already underway to correct what Betsy DeVos did not do! https://t.co/so2xOvMva1— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1610131742.0
No amount of grandstanding will rehabilitate your image @BetsyDeVosED. You are an enemy to public education. An… https://t.co/RAB9IOBHGJ— Rep. Mark Pocan (@Rep. Mark Pocan)1610122518.0
Am I too late to the Betsy DeVos good riddance party?— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1610097047.0
It’s not courageous of Betsy DeVos to resign now. Real courage would have been going to the Vice President and buil… https://t.co/4pDSmJ5rmA— Gary Peters (@Gary Peters)1610128504.0
DeVos is the second cabinet secretary to resign in the wake of the Trump riots, following the exit of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who announced this week that she'd depart the administration on Monday.