Celebrities React: Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as education secretary on Tuesday after a 51-50 vote by the Senate. Celebrities are now reacting to the controversial pick. See stars reactions below.
Many people are worried that DeVos, who has limited experience with the public school system, will instead help fund private and charter schools. DeVos’ critics argue that public education will suffer under her authority, as will the average student in this country.
Among the celebrities opposed to the Senate’s decision is Josh Gad, who tweeted, “The U.S. Senate Republicans who just put through the most unqualified Education Secretary in our history have just betrayed our kids. F#*k U.” Beth Behrs wrote, “I am sick over #DeVosvote. My mother is an amazing teacher in the public school system and I am heart broken for our children.” And Marlee Matlin promised, “I will fight as much as I can on behalf of children with disabilities. We can NEVER give up.”
Rosie O’Donnell said, “FOR GODS SAKE keep Betsy DeVos away from public schools.” Sandra Bernhard expressed, “A terrible moment in US history to confirm such an incompetent person as #Devos a total rejection of logic or concern for education.” And Joss Whedon offered, “Rejecting DeVos was the GOP’s easiest way to say ‘Mr Prez, let’s take this slow, we got 4 yrs’. Instead they declared war on our children.”
Meanwhile, Kumail Nanjiani noted, “Betsy Devos got confirmed. Everyone who voted for her should be ashamed. Party before country. They’re using children’s education as pawns.” Connie Britton simply stated, “Epic fail. #DeVos.” And Alfred Molina said, “DeVos gets confirmed, proving money is everything in America. It throws morals, intelligence, decency and values out the window.”
Seth MacFarlane wrote, “Betsy DeVos confirmed. What is also confirmed is that there is not one single man of courage in the Republican Congress.” Josh Groban joked, “The swamp is being drained and filled with Chuck E. Cheese sea of plastic balls.” Patton Oswalt similarly quipped, “Congradgulations to Betsy DeVos! Childrens need learning go give them learning Betsy!”
Andy Richter said, “By the way, DeVos is 100% courtesy of Mike Pence. You think Trump gives a shit about charter schools?” Zoe Kazan asserted, “Educated people overwhelmingly vote Democrat. So the @GOPhas an investment in under-educating our youth, especially in lower income areas.” Minnie Driver wrote, “She got in. Anybody want to start a school? On Mars?” And Senator Al Franken tweeted, “Betsy DeVos has no formal background in ed, no classroom experience, and demonstrated no commitment to supporting public ed.”