Has DeVos become a traitor?
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack was what caused her to stop standing by former President Trump. She also said she was open to the use of the 25th Amendment to get him out of office.
DeVos, who is currently writing a book detailing her experience with handing in her resignation letter to Trump the day after the Capitol insurrection, has blamed Trump’s inability to accept the 2020 presidential election results for stopping her before she could pass one last part of her school choice agenda legislation through Congress.
“To me, there was a line in the sand,” DeVos writes in “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child,” which is set to be released on June 21. “It wasn’t about the election results. It was about the values and image of the United States. It was about public service rising above self. The president had lost sight of that.”
DeVos’s book will be the first time that she will publicly talk about residing in the Trump administration during those tumultuous final days.
During a promotional interview promoting USA Today’s Ingrid Jacques, DeVos said that the event that unfolded during the final few weeks of Trump being in office “put roadblocks in the way” of her managing to get through her last legislative goals.
“I went to Washington to do a job on behalf of the American people and particularly for students, and a lot of what happened after the election sort of put roadblocks in the way of doing any major additional work, so I really felt that everything I could accomplish in office had been accomplished based on that reality and that dynamic,” DeVos said.
“And then when I saw what was happening on Jan. 6 and didn’t see the president step in and do what he could have done to turn it back or slow it down or really address the situation, it was just obvious to me that I couldn’t continue,” she added. “I was thinking about the kids I was there to represent, and what they are seeing and what they are taking away from this — it was not defensible in any way.”