Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanBipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Trees as Climate Solution Biden Elects Democrats with Thinnest House Majority in Modern History OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA Refuses to Tighten Key Air Pollution Standards | Despite risks to polar bears, Trump continues oil exploration in Arctic | Biden calls for climate action by 2021 MORE (D-Calif.) Targeted the Minister of Education Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosDeVos urges education department staff to “ resist ” when Biden takes office Making higher education great again 17 year old who was diagnosed with COVID-19 after school required her to take SAT personally MORE on Thursday, humorously apologizing to Hammers in a tweet for once saying that DeVos was “dumb as a bag of hammers.”
I once got turned on for calling Betsy DeVos ‘as stupid as a bag of hammers’. But after her 4 years as an education secretary, I now realize that an apology is due. To hammers, ”Huffman wrote.
I once took in the heat for calling Betsy DeVos ‘dumb as a bag of hammers’. But after her 4 years as an education secretary, I now realize that an apology is due. To hammers. https://t.co/k84VOJ81sH
– Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) December 16, 2020
In 2018, Huffman called DeVos’ Rich, white and dumber than a bag of hammers’, after a ’60 minutes’ interview in which she seemed to have difficulty answering questions from interviewer Lesley Stahl about the state of education in her home . state of Michigan.
Dear President TrumpDonald Trump Top Trump Assistant Derek Lyons Leaves White House This Month Judge Rules Trump Org Must Hand Over Documents to NY AG as Part of Probe Long-time GOP Strategist Steve Schmidt Announces Registering Democrat MORE, if you want to meet someone who has a real IQ problem (instead of just being black), meet your education secretary Betsy DeVos. Rich, white and dumber than a bag of hammers. https://t.co/hrkNuF1OQW
– Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) March 12, 2018
In his tweet, Huffman shared a link to one Politico piece describing how DeVos allegedly told Ministry of Education employees to “be the resistance” once the president was elected Joe BidenJoe BidenDeVos urges education department staff to ‘resist’ when Biden takes office LGBTQ groups celebrate Buttigieg pick for Transportation secretary Biden administration needs two-pronged solutions for older Americans, lawmakers say MORE takes office on 20 January.
“Let me leave you with this plea: resist,” DeVos said at a meeting to discuss the impending transition. ‘Be the resistance to forces that keep you from doing what’s right for students. Always put the student first in everything you do. “
Politico notes that DeVos has had a somewhat combative relationship with career department employees, once told the Education Department, “This building has caused more problems than it has solved.”
DeVos has been a controversial choice of the education secretary since taking the position, largely due to her lack of experience in education. Before joining the Trump administration, she was a major donor to Republican campaigns.
In October, a US district judge denounced DeVos for failing to properly handle 160,000 student loan waivers, calling her trial “alarmingly Kafkaes.” At DeVos’ direction, 95 percent of applications were rejected, with most applications being rejected without proper explanation.
Reports announced on Thursday that two candidates have emerged as the top contenders to become Biden’s education secretary: Leslie T. Fenwick, dean emeritus of the Howard University School of Education, and Miguel Cardona, Connecticut Commissioner of Education.