Sunday, on 60 Minutes, Betsy DeVos gave an interview that was widely regarded as a flop. The critics have been roasting her since.
DeVos struggled with questions such as explaining why Michigan schools are doing worse. Michigan is the Secretary’s home state and she’s had a significant influence on their education system. The interviewer, Lesley Stahl, pressed DeVos on why she hasn’t visited underperforming schools. She responded, “Maybe I should.”
While DeVos was thoroughly roasted on Twitter and other social media, at least two members of Congress have issued some pretty strong criticisms of the interview.
“Dear President Trump, if you want to meet someone who has an actual IQ problem (as opposed to just being black), meet your Education Secretary Betsy DeVos,” Huffman wrote. “Rich, white, and dumber than a bag of hammers.”
Dear President Trump, if you want to meet someone who has an actual IQ problem (as opposed to just being black), meet your Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Rich, white, and dumber than a bag of hammers. https://t.co/hrkNuF1OQW
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) March 12, 2018
Huffman’s tweet linked a viral clip of DeVos floundering through questions about education in her home state of Michigan.
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Ted Lieu, another representative from California, also joined in the criticisms.
“Betsy DeVos wasn’t asked what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. She was asked basic questions about education and had trouble answering them,” tweeted Lieu.
Betsy DeVos wasn't asked what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. She was asked basic questions about education and had trouble answering them.
Also, saying that we shouldn't invest in school buildings is stupid. Dilapidated & unsafe buildings affect learning. https://t.co/4FQVHYVn73
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 12, 2018
DeVos faced intense opposition before being confirmed for her position as Secretary of Education. Many pointed out that she bought her position by donating to the Trump campaign. DeVos was also criticized because she never attended a public school or sent her kids to a public school, yet wanted to run the branch of government responsible for public schools.
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