She Can’t Say If LGBTQ Kids Should Be Discriminated Against, Proposes Special Olympics Cuts

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (screen capture)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (screen capture)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to be a simply hideous person.

There are many, many reasons, but here’s just a few via the Human Rights Campaign:

Within days of taking office, she revoked the Obama-era guidance on protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In 2017, she withdrew Title IX guidance on addressing sexual harassment in schools (including sexual violence) which affects LGBTQ kids disproportionately.

As chair of the Federal Commission on School Safety, she recommended rescinding nondiscriminatory school discipline guidance protecting students of color.

The list goes on and on.

This week, while answering questions about the Trump administration’s education budget, she was unable to give a straight answer to a question on whether or not she feels it’s okay for LGBTQ students to be discriminated against.

This isn’t really hard, you know…

Following up a question on school suspensions, openly gay Rep. Mark Pocan asked her, “Do you think it’s alright for a school to discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity?”

DeVos’ word-salad of an answer went like this:

“Um, we have laws that cover discriminatory efforts, and, um, our office for civil rights has continued to be very diligent in investigating any allegation of, um, discrimination and will continue to do so,” she stammered.

“So is that a yes or is that a no?,” asked Pocan. “I’m trying to get a yes or no, I guess, on that.”

Pocan also touched on DeVos’ continued support for charter schools even though 25% of her beloved charter schools are failing.

Insert more word salad here…

When Pocan asked about proposed cuts to the tune of $17.6 million from the Special Olympics (which gives people with intellectual challenges the opportunity to compete in athletic contests), DeVos was flummoxed yet again.

Pocan inquired how many students those cuts would affect.

“We had to make some difficult decisions with this budget,” the secretary sputtered.

“How many kids?”

“I don’t know the number of kids…”

“Two hundred and seventy-two thousand – no problem, I’ll answer it for you,” said Pocan.

After running down more and more cuts to education for challenged students (including his two nephews with autism), the congressman kept trying to get an answer as to why so many programs for these students are being cut.

Devos would deflect, Pocan would readdress the question and topic at hand.

Credit the congressman for being tenacious.

Pocan wrapped up with a question as to how, when cutting 12% across the board from education budgets she could justify a 15% INCREASE for ‘executive salary appropriations?’

In the end, the super-wealthy DeVos weaved, dodged and changed subjects until Pocan’s time ran out.

Simply hideous.


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6 thoughts on “She Can’t Say If LGBTQ Kids Should Be Discriminated Against, Proposes Special Olympics Cuts”

    • Remember, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started Special Olympics, the Kennedy’s are white and privileged, so the white privileged argument does not hold water no matter how you look at it. Narrowing on one organization is political payback. That is a legitimate argument, so too is ignorance, lack of compassion, and the list could go on. My thought: it diverted attention from Trump and his misguided belief that the Mueller report exonerated him.

  1. Some parts of America will never wake up but can we at least start with the rural gays that keep supporting these soulless ghouls? Can we at least get the transgender members of our community that vote for these vultures to stop voting for them because of their religious upbringing? Brunei said they will stone us to death so how many gays are willing to skip their Sunday brunch and cocktails at the Beverly Hills Hotel to prove a point?

  2. This is what happens when you put someone who is delusional and ignorant to reality. DeVos is living in a fantasy on her own.

    • Betsy DeVos fits in well with Trump’s administration: devoted to destroying all that is good with America, replacing, it with an oligarchy marked by incompetent leadership, bigotry, racism, discrimination, and chaos.
      Even Hitler and Stalin would laugh at the Trump shambles.

  3. America wake the f up. How much more abuse does your country and the safety of the world have to go through allowing trump to be elected, wake up. history will not be kind on your future and how this hurt the world. btw how does it feel being under russia reign.


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