Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is woefully unqualified and unprepared for her new job. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Al Frankin really drove that point home. These highlights of DeVos’ hearing are absolutely cringe-worthy.
Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education is yet another indicator that the President-elect has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. And Betsy DeVos is in the same boat as Trump. She too has no clue what her new job entails.
DeVos is a billionaire who’s given some $200 MILLION to Republicans, including several on the committee holding the hearing for her. She also happens to want to dismantle public education.
Ms. DeVos showed up at her hearing embarrassingly unprepared. The Dems, however, did not.
They pushed her beyond her memorized talking points. And they shined a bright spotlight on the many reasons that DeVos has no business being in charge of our children’s education.
Some of the best moments…or worst, as it were…came from the grilling of DeVos by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, and Al Franken. DeVos was asked about her financial ties to the Republicans, her lack of knowledge about college loans and student proficiency, the Disabilities in Education Act, and Conversion Therapy.
“Do you think that if you were not a multibillionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions, that you would be sitting here today?”
“OK so no experience running a program like this.”
“Do you not want to answer my question?”
“This is a subject that has been debated in the education community for years…But it surprises me that you don’t know this issue.”