The president is actively flaming out on the internet; Sean Spicer is hiding in the fucking bushes waiting for people to leave him alone; Kellyanne Conway and the rest of the Trump administration’s band of trained, dancing bears is in the frostiest internal ring of hell—cable news—defending the Comey firing to pundits and broadcasters. Who else is there?
Well, there’s good old bear-fearing Betsy DeVos, the education secretary who, in a standard 2017 posture, seeks to destroy the organization she ostensibly leads and plans to do so while smiling ghoulishly and wearing a huge fucking brooch or something. What is she up to? She’s giving a commencement speech at the historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. How did that go?
It did not go well! It particularly did not go well when she mentioned her plans to visit school founder and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune’s gravesite.
DeVos famously referred to historically black colleges and universities as “real pioneers in school choice,” thus wrangling our country’s long history of institutionalized racism into an ideological justification for her attempt to privatize education and thus systemically disenfranchise children whose parents can’t afford private school—i.e., most children. Here’s another wide shot of her getting shit on.
Roughly half of the graduating students turned their backs to her as she spoke. Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault also spoke at the ceremony, and also got booed.
This being a bad day for pretty much everyone in the Trump administration, Jared Kushner is probably locked in a bathroom somewhere with chronic diarrhea, while Steve Bannon woke up yet again inside of the nightmare that is his own body.
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