It’s rather ironic that a report about using the 25th Amendment to remove a president involves a former president and not the cognitive-challenged current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., President Biden.
Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who resigned her post in the previous administration the day after January 6, 2021, calling the protest at the U.S. Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric an “inflection point,” made a timely reveal that she discussed with then-Vice President Mike Pence the possibility of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
The great reveal comes as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s politically motivated January 6 select committee embarks on its primetime dog and pony show detailing the protest that some are calling “January 6 theater,” a protest most Americans have long since moved on from in their daily struggles to deal with the record inflation and nearly $5 a gallon gas prices. Yet, Democrats remain locked in on what they insist was an “insurrection,” the exaggeration being helpful to their 2022 electoral success – and beyond — they hope.
Devos’ explosive claim came during an interview with USA Today, as she plugged her new book.
(Video: USA Today)
“When I observed what was happening that day, I thought about kids across the country and what they were seeing, and I just felt that there were things that the president could have done to stop the activity, to turn it back, to avoid all of the things that ensued,” she said.
“And it was just a bridge too far when he turned his back also on his vice president. And so I just, my job in Washington was done. I could do no more significant work on behalf of kids. And so that was the inflection point for me,” Devos added. “And then when I saw what was happening on Jan. 6 and didn’t see the president step in and do what he could have done to turn it back or slow it down or really address the situation, it was just obvious to me that I couldn’t continue.”
According to the former Education secretary, “more than a few people” inside the White House had considered the 25th Amendment in response to Trump’s hesitation to accept the dubious election, and she discussed this with Pence.
“I spoke with the vice president and just let him know I was there to do whatever he wanted and needed me to do or help with, and he made it very clear that he was not going to go in that direction or that path,” Devos said.
“He made clear to me that that was not a direction that he was going to move in. When that was clear …that was not going to transpire, that was not going to happen. Those were really the conversations. I was intent on finding out what we needed to know and how we would proceed or not proceed on anything,” she said.
In the book, Devos wrote that Trump’s efforts to overturn an election that he insisted was rigged cast a shadow over her efforts to promote school choice.
“It wasn’t about the election results. It was about the values and image of the United States. It was about public service rising above self. The president had lost sight of that,” she wrote.
“A lot of what happened after the election sort of put roadblocks in the way of doing any major additional work, so I really felt that everything I could accomplish in office had been accomplished based on that reality and that dynamic.”
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