Tag: Trumps

Betsy DeVos and the politics of fear: A not-so-fond farewell to Trump’s education secretary

Even Betsy DeVos — one of the longest-serving of Donald Trump’s revolving-door cabinet secretaries — finally reached what she called an “inflection point” with the former president’s open call for violent insurrection, resigning slightly before he left office. Amid the chaotic Trump administration, DeVos was in many ways the perfect choice for education secretary. She showed an astounding lack of knowledge about public education. She seemed at best uninterested and at worst downright hostile to America’s public schools.

DeVos’ tenure leaves us with unanswered questions: How is it possible that the leader of the Education Department could be so indifferent

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Here are the White House resignations triggered by Trump’s incitement of this week’s mob violence

The White House is lit in pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month on Oct. 9.
The White House (Eva Hambach / AFP/Getty Images)

They stuck with President Trump through Charlottesville, Helsinki and Lafayette Square. They defended him through the Russian investigation and his impeachment. But now, with two weeks left in his term, some of Trump’s loyalists are quitting his administration.

Here’s a look at who has left so far, and we’ll be updating this page if more people resign.

Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

DeVos has led the Department of Education since the beginning of Trump’s term. She announced her resignation Thursday.

In a letter to the president

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Trump’s School-Choice Relief – WSJ

A school bus in Brooklyn.


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Democrats hate vouchers so much that they restricted states from using education funds in the $900 billion Covid relief bill to help struggling families during the pandemic send their kids to private schools. All the more credit to President


for opening the door for at least some school-choice relief.

The Covid-19 relief bill sets aside $2.75 billion for private K-12 schools on top of some $54.3 billion for public schools. The catch is that none of the

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Twitter reacts to President Trump’s vow to establish ‘Patriotic Education’ in schools

Trailing in polls a day before Election Day, President Trump railed against “gangs” and what he calls “Anti-American radicals,” then vowed to implement “patriotic education” in schools.

“Just signed an order to establish the 1776 Commission,” Trump tweeted Monday while campaigning in battleground states including Pennsylvania. “We will stop the radical indoctrination of our students, and restore PATRIOTIC EDUCATION to our schools!”

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport on November 2, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport on November 2, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport on November 2, 2020. (Brian Blanco/)
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It’s not just Roe v Wade. Trump’s Supreme Court pick could challenge Brown v Board of Education

Supreme Court Ginsburg (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Supreme Court Ginsburg (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death leaves an opening in the court’s four-strong liberal bloc, which could be filled by Donald Trump and the Republican Senate majority. Democrats and women’s rights advocates are once again sounding the alarm about the damage that could be wrought by a 6-3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

Partisanship and heated political rhetoric have accompanied nearly every Supreme Court confirmation since the Senate’s 1987 vote to reject Judge — and Watergate villain — Robert Bork, concealing what legal experts and political insiders say is a pattern of Trump nominees declining

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