WASHINGTON D.C. – Friday March 29th, 12:53pm ET Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, appearing before Congress for a second day Friday, retracted her call for defunding the Special Olympics after being berated by House Democrats on Thursday and after President Trump contradicted her Thursday evening by voicing support for funding the event for people with special needs. Media accounts framed DeVos as being “thrown under the bus by the administration”.
DeVos said Friday about her reversal, “I’ve been supportive of funding The Special Olympics behind the scenes for several years. Except for yesterday.”
Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin responded, “Well, I guess you deserve a gold medal in hypocrisy for your performance yesterday, Madame Secretary.” Durbin then held up a card, as would an Olympic judge, that said in handwritten magic marker, A Perfect 10 in Hypocrisy!
DeVos thanked Durbin for the high score. “I do like gold very much, Congressman, and I’m so flattered for the high marks, but it might not look right if I accepted the gold metal, so I think I’d better let the handicapped people have those precious metals.”
“It’s a gold medal, not metal with a T.” Durbin pointed out.
“Gold is a precious metal, no matter how you spell it, Senator.” DeVos responded.
“And the term ‘handicapped’ is outdated and insensitive.”, added Durbin. “And I’m not a… oh never mind.”
Later in her testimony the Secretary of Education shocked even Republicans on the committee when she called for funding cuts for puppies and ice cream. Trump loyalist Devin Nunez (R-CA) asked, “How, for the love of God, can you cut funding for ice cream?”
“It distracts children from learning.” DeVos responded. “We have to make some hard choices because of the tax cuts for the poor.” She then giggled and added, “It’s been a rocky road.”