Betsy DeVos’ Convoluted Answers Prove Why She’s the Most Hated Cabinet Secretary

In a 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos could barely explain a handful of key issues. She confused viewers with convoluted answers, misinformation, and a claim that she’s “misunderstood.”

Interested in hearing why Betsy DeVos is the most hated member of the Cabinet? Then stay tuned as we break down the reasons.

DeVos’ take on why she’s so hated

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She feels misunderstood. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

According to CBS News, DeVos has received death threats and is often “met by protesters who accuse her of pushing an elitist agenda.” So it’s no wonder she’s often considered the most hated Cabinet secretary. In fact, she’s the only one who needs to be protected by a squad of U.S. Marshals.

As the richest member of Trump’s Cabinet, DeVos is often criticized for her lack of experience. DeVos, on the other hand, has a different take on why she’s so disliked. “I’m more misunderstood than anything,” she said in the interview, which is funny, considering she couldn’t explain certain policies when given the chance.

Next: How will she make schools better?

She believes the best solution is to invest in students, not school buildings, institutions, or systems

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She prefers “school choice.” | Alex Wong/Getty Images

In DeVos’ opinion, the solution to schooling lies within “school choice.” Did DeVos just solve the education system? Nope. Not even close. She does, however, remain steadfast in her mission to promote private, parochial, and charter schools, all at the expense of traditional public schools.

During the interview, DeVos said, “Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school — school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.” So, will she be able to do it without pissing off the 90% of families whose children attend public schools? Not likely.

According to DeVos, when a large number of students choose to go to a school other than public, the traditional public schools improve. The secretary could not, however, explain how that was panning out in her home state.

Next: DeVos isn’t so sure how her master plan is working. 

She doesn’t know whether her own policy is working in her home state

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She couldn’t answer questions about Michigan schools. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When asked about the success rate in her home state of Michigan, DeVos proved to be anything but well-educated on the subject.

Stahl asked, “Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?” And Devos struggled to find the right answer. In fact, she had no idea. She admitted she couldn’t say the state, overall, had gotten better, to which Stahl responded, “The whole state is not doing well.”


Next: DeVos doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge any progress that had previously been made.

DeVos denies any improvements had been made in the public school system

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Test scores actually have gone up. | Dongseon_Kim/iStock/Getty Images

According to a very delusional DeVos, the federal government has invested “billions and billions and billions of dollars,” yet has seen zero results. So, is DeVos right? Not by Stahl’s calculations.

Stahl said, “But that really isn’t true. Test scores have gone up over the last 25 years. So why do you keep saying nothing’s been accomplished?”

Not surprisingly, DeVos replied with a sentiment that dodged the question-at-hand. “Well actually, test scores vis-à-vis the rest of the world have not gone up. And we have continued to be middle of the pack at best. That’s just not acceptable.”

Yet again, Stahl had the perfect response. “No it’s not acceptable. But it’s better than it was. That’s the point. You don’t acknowledge that things have gotten better.”

Perplexed? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Next: One would think DeVos would be eager to visit the schools that aren’t doing well, right?

She admits she does not ‘intentionally’ visit underperforming schools

She hasn’t gone to the underperforming schools to learn about problems. | Michaeljung/iStock/Getty Images

Apparently, DeVos prefers not to talk about all schools in general. However, as Stahl reminded her, “The public schools [in Michigan] are doing worse than they did.”

A natural move for any secretary of education would be to take a look at the underperforming schools in hopes of figuring out a solution. But not DeVos. In fact, she said, “I have not intentionally visited schools that are under-performing.”

Just give that a minute to sink in.

Next: So, what are her thoughts on school safety? 

She will head up a task force to look at school safety

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There has been an outcry to make schools safer. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting, there has been a nationwide outcry for gun reform, not to mention a demand to make schools safer. And the perfect person to do it? Well, we’re not so sure it’s DeVos. Trump, however, is.

DeVos will head up a task force that will take an in-depth look at what states are doing to ensure mass shootings become a thing of the past. And when Stahl asked if DeVos feels a “sense of urgency,” DeVos, of course, said yes. But then — and here’s where it gets really good — Stahl called out the Secretary of Education by saying, “‘[T]his sounds like talking. Instead of acting.”

Next: Stahl is all for it, but she can’t imagine it in reality. 

She says teachers should have the option to carry guns, yet can’t imagine her former teacher doing so

Parkland Students, Activists, Rally At Florida State Capitol For Gun Control

She says teachers should have the option of carrying guns. | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Cutting straight to the point, Stahl reiterated to DeVos exactly what it is that students want: gun control. Convinced they want “a variety of things,” DeVos had this to say when asked whether teachers should have guns in the classroom:

“That should be an option for states and communities to consider. And I hesitate to think of, like, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, I couldn’t ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way. But for those who are — who are capable, this is one solution that can and should be considered. But no one size fits all. Every state and every community is going to address this issue in a different way.”

And to that, we say, huh?

Next: DeVos seems to be focusing on the wrong things. 

She’s abolished key civil rights for students

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She rescinded a guideline that allowed trans students to use the bathroom of their choice. | Joe_Potato/iStock/Getty Images

As civil rights issues continue to be at the forefront of top-priority concerns, DeVos has come under fire for her controversial stance on a few key issues. And as Secretary of Education, she is responsible for overseeing the guidelines put in place to protect students’ civil rights. But again, her politics continue to fall short.

DeVos “rescinded a guideline implemented under President Barack Obama that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice,” and she is also “considering scrapping the Obama-era ‘guidance on how to identify, avoid and remedy discriminatory discipline,’ which aims to prevent schools from punishing students of color more harshly than their white classmates,” CBS News reported.

Next: Sexual assault on college campuses is a definite issue, but DeVos isn’t committed to changing things for the better.

She’s changing (for the worse) how sexual assaults on college campuses are handled

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Colleges can now require stronger evidence from accusers. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Another one of DeVos’ infuriating moves? Changing guidelines on how colleges handle sexual assault. Thanks to Devos’ doing, colleges can now demand stronger evidence from accusers and give those accused a greater benefit of the doubt.

During the interview, DeVos said that “one sexual assault is one too many, and one falsely accused individual is one too many.”

When Stahl asked if they were the same, DeVos, not surprisingly, said she didn’t know.

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