DeVos resigns from Trump administration

    Betsy DeVos | Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

    Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s first and only Education secretary and a longtime Michigan GOP donor and school choice advocate, on Thursday submitted her letter of resignation with less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden will take office.

    This comes after a Trump mob ransacked the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as part of a GOP effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who’s married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and other Trump officials have resigned following the insurrection.

    In her letter, DeVos blamed Trump for the riot: “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

    DeVos also wrote: “We should be highlighting and celebrating your administration’s many accomplishments on behalf of the American people. “Instead, we are left to clean up the mess caused by violent protesters overrunning the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the people’s business.”

    During DeVos’ tenure, she pushed her agenda of funding private and charter schools and fought efforts to forgive student loans. She most recently lost a court case on her efforts to direct COVID-19 stimulus cash from public schools.

    She’s a member of the West Michigan billionaire DeVos family, which has continued to give millions to GOP candidates in Michigan and across the country since Trump took office.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.