Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shocked the nation when she attempted to defend proposed budget cuts that would strip the Special Olympics of federal funding as well as slashing funding for special education programs.
Though GOP lawmakers have assured they will not cut the funding, it didn’t stop DeVos from defending the decision, by claiming to value special education and the Special Olympics.
After criticism from Democrats on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on education, DeVos said:
“I love Special Olympics myself. I have given a portion of my salary to Special Olympics. I hope all of this debate inspires private contributions to Special Olympics. Let’s not use disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative, that is just disgusting and shameful and I think we should move on from that.”
But for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the assurance was hollow. Not only did Ocasio-Cortez call DeVos out for her Special Olympics proposal, but also for past decisions, like making it harder for sexual assault victims on college campuses to get justice and cutting student loan forgiveness.
Betsy DeVos “loves” the Special Olympics so much, she wants to cut federal funding for it.
She “loves” students so much, she changed rules to make campus sexual assault victims more vulnerable.
And she “loves” teachers so much she wants to cut student loan forgiveness, too. https://t.co/Jv20rTVIu4
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 28, 2019
Others felt the same.
We only judge your actions. Your words are worth less than nothing.
— Insight Law Firm (@InsightTaxLaw) March 28, 2019
Isn't the "political narrative" she's describing…um…her actually slashing the Special Olympics budget? Because…I…don't know how to avoid that as a narrative of any kind.
— Nick Garcia (@foothands) March 28, 2019
Lol "I cut their funding, gee I hope the taxpayers, whos money I already blew on low performimg corporate charter schools, will donate to the special olympics…had to make a tough call keep lobbists happy or hurt kids. So sorry I picked hurting the kids, no choice"
— Jeremy Ross (@jross456t) March 28, 2019