Betsy DeVos struggled to answer basic questions about education, and Twitter is in flames
In case you missed it, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, March 11th, to defend several of her controversial education policies (most specifically, her position that taking funds away from public schools and funneling them into select charter schools will benefit all kids). DeVos, a billionaire who has literally zero experience working in or with the public school systems, is also one of the most hotly contested members of Trump’s cabinet.
And in the interview with Lesley Stahl, DeVos claimed that one of the biggest challenges she faces is that her policies are “misunderstood” by the public. However, in an inarguably painful exchange, DeVos then failed to explain her policies, as well as admitted to not having actual data to back up her views.
Like we said — it was painful.
Here’s just one clip from the now-infamous interview.
As expected, the good people of Twitter are not letting this one slide. In fact, it would be accurate to say that Twitter is certifiably on fire today.
Here are just a few of the most on-point tweets about DeVos’s 60 Minutes fail.
DeVos also admitted to never having actually visited any of the nation’s poorest and most-in need schools, and struggled to communicate her views on sexual assaults on campuses. At one point in the interview she said, “One sexual assault is one too many,” but “One falsely accused individual is one too many.” When asked if both circumstances were “one and the same,” she said, “I don’t know. I don’t know. But I’m committed to a process that’s fair for everyone involved.”
Needless to say, one would hope that the United States’ Secretary of Education would have a more well-thought out and concrete opinion on education matters, but such is the current world we live in apparently. While the interview was definitely disheartening, we’re just glad Twitter was there for the clap back — as always.