DeVos, Chao Are “Running Away,” “Trying To Clean Up Their Record”

It’s been with Susan Collins-level great concern over Donald Trump’s riot-inciting actions over the past two days that Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao and Education Sec. Betsy DeVos have announced their resignations. Chao issued a statement saying she is “deeply troubled” by the “entirely avoidable” riot at the U.S. Capitol encouraged by her boss of the past four years. DeVos wrote to Trump, “There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

House Majority Whip James Clyburn on Friday called out both of them, accusing them of “running away from their responsibility” by resigning from Trump’s Cabinet before invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

In an interview Friday morning on CNN, Clyburn (D-S.C.) repeated his call for Cabinet members to join together to remove Trump from the presidency. He contends the constitutional remedy is preferable to launching a second round of impeachment proceedings in the final 12 days of Trump’s term.

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“For two Cabinet members to resign, that says to me they are running away from their responsibility. If they feel that strongly, they would stay there and wait on this meeting so they can cast two of the votes that are necessary to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he said. “They are running away.”

Rep. Ellissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) agrees. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday she had this harsh assessment of Chao and DeVos. “As someone who has lived through two transitions, between two administrations, between parties, resigning in the last two weeks is really not resigning in protest,” she said. “It’s a paid vacation on the taxpayer dime after many, many years of enabling this man.

“If Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao are really making a protest they have the power, the unusual power, of invoking the 25th Amendment,” she added. “They should do that if they really feel passionately and if they’re not just trying to clean up their record at the end of an administration.”

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