Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos says she talked about using the 25th amendment to remove him
Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reveals for the first time the extent of her disgust at former President Donald Trump’s inability to “do what he could have done” to try to counter the events of Jan. 6, she said in a new statement. interview.
DeVos resigned on January 7, 2020, calling the previous day’s riot and Trump’s rhetoric an “inflection point.”
In a new interview promoting a book, she now says she discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office — and says she blamed Trump for not “handling the situation.”
She even raised the issue of the 25th Amendment directly with Vice President Mike Pence, who would have become temporary president if the amendment procedures had actually been implemented.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has raised the issue of the 25th Amendment directly with Vice President Mike Pence after Jan. 6, she said.
“When I saw what happened that day, I thought about kids all over the country and what they were seeing, and I just felt there were things the president could have done to stop the activity, turn it back, get all of the things that followed,” she said.
“And it was like a bridge too far when he also turned his back on his vice president. And so I was just, my work in Washington was done. I couldn’t do more significantly more on behalf of children. And so that was the inflection point for me.’
“And when I saw what happened on January 6 and I didn’t see the president step in and do what he could have done to reverse it or slow it down or really deal with the situation, it was clear to me that I couldn’t go on,” she said USA today in an interview.
Under the 25th Amendment, the executive officers can vote that a president is unable to perform his duties, and the vice president acts temporarily
DeVos spoke hours before the prime time January 6 hearing
She left immediately after Transport Sec. Elaine Chao, who is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
“I thought about the children I represented there, and what they see and what they take from it — there was no way to defend it.”
“The resignation came at a time when I knew my job was done,” she said, a copy of her forthcoming book in the background.
She said “more than a few people” in the White House had considered the 25th Amendment. Trump would spend weeks claiming electoral fraud, not participating in a transition for weeks, and skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration.
She says she spoke to Vice President Mike Pence, who accused Trump of showing “courage” by refusing to count votes certified by states.
“I spoke to the vice president and let him know that I was there to do what he wanted and needed me to do or help, and he made it very clear that he wasn’t going in that direction or that path, ‘ she said.
“I’ve had conversations with some of my colleagues,” she says. “And more importantly, I also spoke to the vice president.”
“He made it clear to me that that was not the direction he was going to go. When that was clear… that wouldn’t happen, that wouldn’t happen. Those were the real conversations. I was going to find out what we needed to know and how we were going to move forward or not,” she said.
It was reported at the time that if skeptics within Trump’s cabinet were to quit en masse, it would remove the opportunity to attempt to use the 25th Amendment, which would allow the cabinet to vote that the president is “incapable of performing the duties of his office.” to feed’. to set up a vote in Congress.
‘I spoke to colleagues. I wanted to better understand the law itself and see if it applied in this case. There were more than a few people who had those conversations internally,” she said.
She also wrote about the episode in a book, “Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.”
In it, she complains that Trump’s attempt to nullify the election was a barrier to following a school choice agenda.
“It wasn’t about the election results. It was about the values and image of the United States. It was about public service that transcends itself. The president had lost sight of that,” she wrote.
“A lot of what happened after the election prevented a lot of extra work from being done, so I really felt like everything I could achieve in my office had been accomplished based on that reality and that dynamic.”
Her letter of resignation indicated a split with Trump, even as she praised his “many achievements.”
“We should highlight and celebrate the many achievements of your administration on behalf of the American people,” she wrote. “Instead, we must clean up the mess caused by violent protesters storming the US Capitol in an attempt to undermine the affairs of the people. That behavior was unscrupulous for our country. The impact your rhetoric has had on the situation is beyond question, and that’s the inflection point for me.’