Betsy DeVos Should Be Applauded

With a smirk on her face and disdain in her voice, Betsy DeVos our reigning Secretary of Education happily sat through her interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 minutes and she did an absolutely wonderful job. Betsy DeVos is who so many of us have seen consistently in America, a classic white woman in Tammy Wynette fashion who stands by her men. In this case, the men in her life are President Donald Trump and every male that has contributed financially to the DeVos campaign.

I believe Secretary DeVos should be applauded in this interview for being who she is and we should all believe her. She exuded an elitist arrogance and disposition that outwardly said, “I don’t give a damn about those failing students or schools in Michigan.” Her “Maybe I should,” rebuttal to 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl in response to her suggestion that DeVos actually visiting failing schools in her home state shows us exactly who she is and how she really feels about the students she claims she supports. The Secretary is in familiar territory of white women standing by white men. In 2016, 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. Sixty-two percent of non-college educated white women voted for Trump mainly because of their support of white men. Fortune magazine said, “the Trump campaign tapped into fears and frustrations among white working-class women about diminished possibilities for their husbands and sons to provide for their families.”

In actuality, Secretary DeVos was merely playing to the Trump base in the 60 Minutes interview, so her performance is to be applauded. This isn’t the time to be angry at her performance or laugh at her lack of responses. This is a time for change. It’s a time for us to take back those seats in Congress by going to the polls and voting for people who represent our ideals and beliefs. It’s time for us to say enough is enough. And maybe then, the clowning will go away and the real work will begin of ensuring our children are represented by people who truly care about them, and not those who don’t have time nor decency to “intentionally” visit our schools.

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