The Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing today in which our stunningly unqualified Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was cross-examined over the budget of the Education Department – and it did not end well for the notorious religious zealot.
At issue was whether or not DeVos would allow schools that receive federal funding to discriminate against LGBTQ students. DeVos dodged and weaved around the issue, saying that schools that receive federal funds must follow federal laws, but was quickly called out on her evasion by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who pointed out that federal law is often foggy and demanded to know outright whether or not she would allow schools to discriminate against students when the law was unclear.
“On areas where the law is unsettled, this department is not going to be issuing decrees. That is a matter for Congress and the courts to settle,” smirked DeVos.
“Is discrimination going to be allowed or not allowed under your understanding? You’re refusing to answer the question,” demanded Merkley. “What you said earlier didn’t help, but I think you just said where its unsettled, discrimination will be allowed. If that is incorrect, please correct it for the record. Will religious discrimination be allowed?”
DeVos continued to repeat her same answer over and over again before Merkley loses his patience and really let her have it:
“Ok, you’re refusing to answer the question. I think that’s very important for the public know that today, before this committee, refused to affirm that she would put forward a program that would ban discrimination based on LGBTQ-status students or ban students based on religion.”
Secretary DeVos’ refusal to outright declare that she will not tolerate discrimination against LGBTQ or non-Christian students tells you everything you need to know about this cruel, unfeeling patrician with no real conception of the consequences of her actions.
Children have a hard enough time as it is trying to discover who they are and fitting in with their peers; the last thing they need is for the school system to discriminate against them for who they are at such an impressionable age.
DeVos is not only entirely unqualified to run our nation’s schools, but is obviously nursing an agenda that flies in the face of the values our nation was founded on.
Watch it here:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.