Betsy DeVos has long stood as one of the most controversial members of Donald Trump’s cabinet. Despite no experience, the very wealthy donor was appointed to be the Secretary of Education. She doesn’t appear on television much, but when she does, the results are usually quite bad.
The Secretary of Education had a memorable appearance on 60 Minutes in 2018 where she failed to answer even basic questions. On Sunday morning, DeVos had an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. The spot quickly devolved into a train wreck as DeVos suggested that schools not follow CDC reopening guidelines.
The millionaire donor has been pushing hard for schools to reopen without restriction. Earlier this week she told reporters, “Schools must reopen, they must be fully operational. And how that happens is best left to education and community leaders.”
Have you ever heard Betsy DeVos sounding more stupid & ignorant than she just did on #CNNSOTU?
She cites “data” that kids need to get back to school, then when confronted with real facts, she just keeps saying “kids need to be back in school.”#BetsyDeVos is the swamp. pic.twitter.com/uxjKAoLgVX
— Chip Franklin🏛InsideTheBeltway.com (@chipfranklin) July 12, 2020
She attempted to hammer home that point time and time again on Sunday morning exasperating host Dana Bash.
The host asked, “You’re the Secretary of Education. So why do you not have guidance on what schools should do if there’s a coronavirus outbreak just weeks before you want them to reopen?” DeVos responed, “There are really good examples that have been utilized in the private sector.”
Bash then asked, “Yes or no: Can you assure students, teachers and parents that they will not get coronavirus because they’re going back to school?”
Practically ignoring the question, the Secretary answered, “Well, the key is that kids have to get back to school.”
The CNN host also asked about the impracticality of the CDC guidelines, remarking, “What the Fairfax County superintendent is saying is they would need a building the size of 5 Pentagons in order to accommodate their students and meet the CDC guidelines. So should they follow them?”
“The CDC guidelines are meant to be flexible,” DeVos answered.
Watch clips from the spot below, courtesy of CNN:
BASH: You're the Secretary of Education. So why do you not have guidance on what schools should do if there's a coronavirus outbreak just weeks before you want them to reopen?
DeVOS: There are really good examples that have been utilized in the private sector. pic.twitter.com/RBFxZ5OeFw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 12, 2020
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