Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly the latest member of the Trump administration to tender a resignation.
With less than two weeks to go in the Trump presidency, DeVos resigned on Thursday, citing Donald Trump's rhetoric before a violent breach of the U.S. Capitol a day earlier. President Trump has disputed the outcome of the Nov. 3 election for weeks, citing voter fraud, and on Wednesday he reiterated those objections at a rally near the Capitol and inviting attendees to march down to the building while a joint session of Congress was taking place to certify the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden.
Some on both sides of the political aisle have accused Trump of inciting the crowd, which ultimately surged into the Capitol, disrupted the session for hours and led to violent, even deadly confrontations. In the past 24 hours, several members of the administration have resigned.
In a letter Thursday announcing her resignation, DeVos wrote, "There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tendered her resignation earlier Thursday, making DeVos the second Cabinet-level official to quit.
News of DeVos' resignation was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
In a farewell letter to Congress earlier this week, DeVos urged lawmakers to reject policies supported by President-elect Joe Biden, and to protect Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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