The confirmation hearing for the next Secretary of Education is underway and Donald Trump’s candidate, Betsy DeVos calmly, is making some pretty crazy claims. The Education nominee told Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D) that guns might have a place in schools because the children of America need protection from grizzly bears.
ThinkProgress was the first to report on the strange claim. According to the publication, when asked outright if guns have a place in or around schools by Senator Murray, DeVos responded, “I think that’s best left for locales and states to decide.”
When Murray pressed DeVos further she said, “You can’t say definitively, today, that guns shouldn’t be in schools?”
DeVos quickly circled back to a question asked by Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, who mentioned Wapiti Elementary School in Wyoming. ““I will refer back to Senator Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming,” she said. “I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.”
Murray then asked if she would support Donald Trump’s plan to ban gun-free school zones, DeVos said, “I will support what the president-elect does.”
She then threw out the obligatory Republican response of “heart bleeds” for families affected by gun violence in schools in America.
Here’s a video of the awkward question and answer panel.