Azar in Resignation Letter To Trump: Capitol Riot Could ‘Tarnish’ the Admin’s ‘Historic Legacies’

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar submitted his resignation letter to President Donald Trump, in which he cited the protests that broke out last week at the U.S. Capitol.

In a departure letter to Trump this week, Azar claimed that “actions and rhetoric” surrounding the election and the U.S. Capitol riot could “tarnish” the “historic legacies” of the administration. Trump pushed unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and sought to overturn the election results.

Azar wrote, “Unfortunately, the actions and rhetoric following the election, especially during the past week, threaten to tarnish these and other historic legacies of this Administration. The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States first brought to the world.”

The HHS secretary then called on Trump to “continue to condemn unequivocally any form of violence”:

“I implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any form of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inaugural activities in Washington or elsewhere, and to continue to support unreservedly the peaceful and orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021.”

In an address from the Oval Office this week, Trump said, “I want to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement,” as IJR reported.

See Azar’s full letter below:

Azar also hit back at the CNN chyron, clarifying that he will still be “serving the American people at HHS,” adding, “I believe it is my duty to help ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s team during the pandemic and will remain as Secretary through January 20.”

He noted he will remain in the position until noon on Jan. 20. As The Hill reports, it is standard practice that government appointees submit a departure letter before the end of that administration.

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is on Wednesday.


  1. As the saying goes for Azar and his feigned principles…..good riddance to bad rubbish. Before their first year ends we will see just how bad this new ( or in Biden’s case very old) administration is. A bunch of angry spenders with an agenda that has nothing to do with the American people.

  2. Trump had nothing whatsoever to do with that violence and the American people know it. As far as his legacy is concerned, the riots will neither tarnish nor diminish a job well done by a true American patriot who sacrificed every day to serve all Americans.

  3. And I believe you’re an idiot warped by welfare programs and socialistic ideas, does that mean I’m right? Your words do not make your opinion valid either, it’s still just your opinion.

  4. i am so with you general confusion! i really believe this man (trump) is evil and i think pence is a brown nosing kiss ass

    1. It may be a while before we learn more about Pence behind the scenes, but all we really need to know about him is that he was the wrong person to head the nation’s response to the Trump Virus. I’d really like to know who first thought of THAT dumb idea.

  5. And speaking of “health”, without any fanfare, our nation just surpassed the ignominious mark of more than 400,000 Trump Virus martyrs. King Donald The Loser hasn’t shed even one tear over them or what he has done. He doesn’t even know HOW to reflect on them.

  6. Anyone who hung around while King Donald The Loser and his loyal, royal court dismantled and corrupted our nation, and then resigns minutes before the regime ends, does NOT deserve any credit for finally recognizes that something was wrong with His Majesty. None.

    1. No one cares what you thinks you troll. I notice you came on a conservative agency… and it says a lot about your intentions. Since you’re pro-abortion maybe you could abort yourself.

      1. “I notice you came on a conservative agency… and it says a lot about your intentions.” Lee

        Um, want to try that one again, Lee? It confused me.

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