Trump tosses his education secretary under the bus: ‘We’re funding the Special Olympics.’


Just days after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was taken to task for suggesting cutting Special Olympics funding, the Trump Administration has reversed course. The move is seemingly directed by the president himself, although it’s always a difficult question to answer whether the president’s feelings translate into tangible policy.

DeVos’s tenure as Education Secretary has been rife with scandal and controversy, as her Education Department pursues further dismantling Obama-era guidelines. In particular, the department has taken aim at transgender students, allegedly removing five complaints from students denied bathroom access in their schools.

And according to a report by Politico, the problem goes much deeper:

“The administration, for example, has sought to protect health care workers who don’t want to treat transgender or LGBT patients seeking to transition and ban transgender individuals from serving in the military.”

DeVos taking a jab at the Special Olympics is evidence to many of the Trump administrations nefarious goals regarding the safety and legitimacy of LGBT persons and marginalized communities across the U.S.

Though DeVos described the proposals as “making hard decisions,” some pointed out how paltry the sum of money in question was in the grand scheme of things.

Freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out the blatant hypocrisy presents in DeVos’s statements that she “loves the Special Olympics [her]self.”

And representative Mark Pocan, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district since 2013, made sure to reveal the depths of DeVos’s recklessness.

It’s difficult to spin not knowing how many people a given policy will affect. The two ways to read DeVos’s actions are through either astounding incompetence or willful indifference, and both result in harmful practices for the communities in question.

As for the president’s flip-flop, either he cannot adequately govern his staff, or they cannot create a unified message, which has troubling implications for all Americans, Special Olympics athlete or not.

Feature image provided via Flickr by Gage Skidmore