Despite protest and criticism, billionaire and known opponent to the public school system Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as the new Secretary of Education. Two Republican senators crossed the bitter partisan lines to try and deny her approval, leading to a 50-50 tie within the Senate and leaving the tie-breaking vote to Vice President Mike Pence. The vote made history as the first time a vice president has had to invoke his privilege as President of the Senate to confirm a cabinet nominee.
DeVos's confirmation leaves educators, students and citizens by-and-large with an unsure future. Many have taken to Twitter to voice their beliefs that this is just another example of Donald Trump's presidency failing the American people.
Betsy DeVos confirmed. What is also confirmed is that there is not one single man of courage in the Republican Congress.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 7, 2017
The DeVos family gave @SenToomey $55,000 last year. He just voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. What a strange world.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) February 7, 2017
It's disgusting Senate R's r such cowardly sellouts to confirm Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education. Our kids aren't some rich lady's hobby— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) February 7, 2017
The @BetsyDeVos confirmation proves one thing:— Steven Johnston (@StevieJ626) February 7, 2017
YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. DO. NOT. LISTEN. TO. THE. PEOPLE.
No one wanted her.
I will pay someone to follow Betsy DeVos around in a bear suit— KOBE BUFFALOMEAT (@edsbs) February 7, 2017
When Betsy DeVos heard that she was confirmed 51-50 she shouted "51 minus 50 is 1 you guys!!!"— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) February 7, 2017
Elementary math under Betsy Devos— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 7, 2017
Q: Ned and Sheryl each have 4 apples. Who has more apples?
A: Whomever Mike Pence decides has more apples.
Please don't judge Betsy DeVos until you've walked a mile in her house— Kevin Farzad (@KevinFarzad) February 7, 2017
Regardless of politics, the Trump administration should be seen as an insult to critical thinkers.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) February 7, 2017
Donald Trump’s goal is to protect the interests of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country. That is exactly what he’s doing.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 7, 2017
Betsy DeVos got confirmed & i would be surprised but Donald Trump is president. this is the upside down. we're in hell baby anything goes— Ricky Montgomery (@rohmontgomery) February 7, 2017
i hope all the little kids in public school that voted for trump feel dumb as hell— raandy (@randygdub) February 7, 2017
While liberal voters and elected officials have tried to combat everything the Trump administration throws at them, it was always expected that some things would prove too great to overcome.
Sadly, for America's citizens still too young to vote, DeVos's confirmation could prove incredibly destructive.
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