Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, and Elizabeth Warren roast Betsy DeVos at confirmation hearing

Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing For Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos played out like a roast, with senators Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, and Elizabeth Warren delivering tough questions that felt more like sharp jabs. DeVos has received much criticism for her lack of experience, as well as her many controversial opinions, and the senators who questioned her Tuesday left no stone unturned.

Sanders questioned DeVos about her family wealth and asked her point-blank if it “makes sense” that America can fund tax cuts for billionaires while low-income children can’t afford to go to college.

“Do you think, if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the Republican Party, that you would be sitting here today?” he asked DeVos.

Franken’s questions honed in on DeVos’s experience (well, lack thereof). Franken, a senator for Minnesota, asked about the nominees opinions on “proficiency” vs. “growth,” and lambasted DeVos for her seeming unawareness of the issue that has been debated in the education community for years. Franken also asked about her family’s history of supporting anti-LGBTQ issues, including conversion therapy, and took her to task for incorrectly saying student debt has grown 1000% in the last eight years when, in fact, it has gone up 118%.

Warren focused on higher education and presented a deluge of rhetorical questions about DeVos’s experience and understanding of the student loan system.

“Do you have any direct experience running a bank?”
“Have you ever managed or overseen a trillion dollar loan program?”
“How about a billion dollar loan program?”
“Ok, so no experience managing a program like this. How about participating in one?”

Of course, the answer to all of these questions was “no.”


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