On Wednesday, supporters of President Trump created quite the spectacle in Washington DC, as they overtook law enforcement and forced their way into the US Capitol.
This was the first time that the US Capitol had been breached in such a way since 1814, when the British were sacking the city during the War of 1812, and the rare spectacle drew stark and astonished reactions from around the nation and around the world.
Those reactions permeated all the way into the Trump administration itself, with a number of notable allies of the President unceremoniously heading for the exits.
The latest to leave also happens to be the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will resign in protest after a violent mob overran the Capitol after being incited by President Trump, a source with knowledge of her decision said Thursday.
Chao would become the first Cabinet official, and the highest-ranking member of the administration, to resign in the wake of Trump’s incendiary rally and its violent aftermath on Wednesday.
“Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote in a letter to Transportation Department staff, obtained by The Hill. “As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”
Chao joins a number of former Trump allies, including her husband Senator McConnell, in strongly condemning the events that occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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