UPDATED: 6:30 a.m. ET, Jan. 8, 2021 —
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stepped down Thursday evening in the latest fallout over the insurrection on Capitol Hill.
In a strongly worded letter addressed to Trump, DeVos wrote, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote. “Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation Thursday, citing the president's role in the riot on Capitol Hill https://t.co/jahnyaJGFZ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 8, 2021
However, many feel that DeVos is following in the footsteps of former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, evading possible participation in invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump as the calls for his removal from the White House grows louder.
Betsy DeVos has never done her job to help America’s students. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that she’d rather quit than do her job to help invoke the 25th Amendment.
Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever. https://t.co/im1IgGQVSp
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 8, 2021
DeVos’ tenure as the head of the Department of Education was riddled with controversy and widespread condemnation of her policies.
Steven Sund, the top cop of the U.S. Capitol Police resigned on Thursday, according to The Associated Press, as a result of the attack at the Capitol on Wednesday. His resignation comes after the general public and lawmakers like Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued calls for him to step down.
Sund will remain in his role until Jan. 16, prior to the Inauguration in an effort for a peaceful transfer of power.
BREAKING: The head of the U.S. Capitol Police will resign effective Jan. 16 following the breach of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Chief Steven Sund said that police had planned for a free speech demonstration and did not expect the violent attack. https://t.co/FAYKA7jC3C
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 7, 2021
A Capitol Hill officer died on Thursday as a result of the violence, bringing the death total to five, according to CNN.
In the crowd of seditionists who stormed the Capitol were everyday citizens including lawyers, doctors, lawmakers and more who decided it was best to err on the side of an insurrection.
On Thursday, chickens were already coming home to roost for a few by way of terminations and calls for resignations. As the FBI and Washington D.C. police ask for the public’s help in identifying members of the attack mob, social media has already researched and done the bulk of the work.
Maskless and lawless, a majority of the people captured were not hard to identify.
According to WBAL reporter Tre Ward, an unidentified Maryland man was terminated on Thursday from Navistar Direct Marketing after he was ID’ed by his work badge which he incredulously wore to the riot.
MORE: The man can be seen apparently wearing his work badge during the riot. @wbaltv11
— Tre Ward (@TreWardWBAL) January 7, 2021
The Houston Chronicle reports a second man was also fired from his law firm on Thursday, identified as Paul MacNeal Davis, a Frisco, Texas attorney. Davis was fired from his position as General Counsel at an insurance firm after posting videos of himself inside the Capitol. Some are also calling for Davis to be disbarred.
Texas attorney fired after posting videos from inside Capitol choas https://t.co/yoRyvugqJL
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 7, 2021
Lastly, a state lawmaker named Derrick Evans from West Virginia has been asked to step down after he posted videos on social media gleefully participating in the chaos inside the Capitol.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 7, 2021
On Thursday, The Kanas City Star wrote a strong editorial demanding that Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley resign after the politician was pictured saluting the mob as he walked from the Capitol. The headline reads, “Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt.”
Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt https://t.co/ijMiE8EQln
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) January 7, 2021
Hawley’s offense is also tied to the fact that he was one of the seven politicians who continued to entertain the baseless claims of a stolen election when he objected against the results of Pennsylvania’s Electoral College vote.
Senators who voted with the Pennsylvania objection
-Ted Cruz (Texas)
-Josh Hawley (Mo.)
-Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.)
-Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.)
-Roger Marshall (Kansas)
-Rick Scott (Fla.)
-Tommy Tuberville (Ala.)
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomas) January 7, 2021
Calls for the remaining six Senators to resign are in effect on social media.
During Wednesday’s series of events, Rep. Cori Bush tweeted that she intends to introduce a resolution to expel any lawmakers who aided in Wednesday’s objections to certify the Electoral College vote. Prior to that, Rep. Ilhan Omar ignited the call to impeach and immediately remove Trump from office after he incited the mob to storm the Capitol.
Several lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Pelosi, are asking Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment, which asks for the sitting president to be removed if deemed unfit. Pelosi also called for the House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, to be fired according to Roll Call. Irving is resigning instead.
On Thursday afternoon, the first of a series of expected Trump administration resignations took place when Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s wife, stepped down.
Elaine Chao's resignation is not a protest of Trump's actions, it's an approval of them. By resigning, she makes it harder to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from power. This isn't a moral stand, it's moral cowardice.
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 7, 2021
Critics feel Chao’s resignation is so that she can evade responsibility in participating if the 25th amendment is invoked.
1. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, resignedSource:Getty
2. Steven Sund, U.S. Capitol Police Chief, resignedSource:Getty
3. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, resignedSource:Getty
4. Marketing director, Unidentified Man, fired
MORE: The man can be seen apparently wearing his work badge during the riot. @wbaltv11— Tre Ward (@TreWardWBAL) January 7, 2021