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Betsy DeVos, who has served as Secretary of Education throughout Trump’s presidency, made direct reference to his rhetoric in her resignation.

“There is no question of the impact his rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the turning point for me,” he wrote.

Ms. DeVos, herself a controversial figure in Washington, is the second cabinet member to resign today in protest.

Education Secretary Betsy Devos described Donald Trump's rhetoric as a 'turning point' in her decision to resign.
Education Secretary Betsy Devos described Donald Trump’s rhetoric as a ‘turning point’ in her decision to resign. (AP)

“The eyes of the children and students of the United States, the new generation that will inherit the republic that we leave them, are watching what is unfolding in Washington today,” he said.

“We must set a better example for them, and we must teach them the solemn obligations and duties that come with the title of ‘American’.”

Previously, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned from her post.

Ms. Chao is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the most powerful Republicans in the United States.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned in protest of Donald Trump's actions.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigned in protest of Donald Trump’s actions. (AP)

“Yesterday our country experienced a traumatic and totally avoidable event when the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol building after a demonstration he addressed,” he wrote in his resignation.

“As I am sure is the case for many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot put aside.”

Chao had also served Trump’s entire term in office.

His resignations follow a wave of others within the White House itself, including Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham.

Ms. Grisham served for more than a year as the White House press secretary, a tenure notable for not having held a single press conference.

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, resigned after protests in Washington DC. (AP)

White House Social Secretary Anna Cristina Niceta also resigned “with immediate effect.”

Niceta held the same position for most of Trump’s tenure, something highly unusual within the White House.

Undersecretary of the Press Sarah Matthews also resigned, saying she was “deeply disturbed” by the unrest.

And deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger also resigned in protest.

Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has left the White House in protest.
Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger has left the White House in protest. (AP)

Their boss Robert O’Brien is reportedly considering making a similar move.

And the senior director of the National Security Council, Ryan Tully, also resigned.

“Being your president has been the honor of my life,” he said.

“To all of my wonderful fans, I know you are disappointed, but I want you to know that our incredible journey is just beginning.”

Rioters who support Trump storm the United States Capitol.
Rioters who support Trump storm the United States Capitol. (AP)

Trump did not name the man who defeated him, Joe Biden.

While Trump did not concede the election, he admitted that he no longer has a path to remain in office.

“My campaign vigorously sought all legal avenues to challenge the election results,” he said.

“My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. By doing so, I was fighting to defend American democracy.”

Senior members of Congress are considering whether to go ahead with Trump’s impeachment two weeks before he leaves office.

Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos


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