Betsy DeVos is a Political Tigress Hiding behind a Veneer of Public Politeness

Although Betsy DeVos was recently pitted against a class of Trump’s administrative operatives, nothing in her public demeanor could remotely suggest her ego was bruised after the president overturned a policy by the federal government regarding the use of bathrooms by transgender students. The policy, if carried through, would have permitted the students to use of bathing rooms matching identities of their gender.


Inside sources close to the Education Secretary revealed that during the Wednesday meeting, she opposed the move, and when she met with a representative of the transgender and gay employees in her department, she warned of bad tidings. That she had been short-changed or that the meeting ended in acrimony with her on the wrong side of the fence was a fact that was not immediately apparent, Thursday when the new policy was announced.


However, she compared the initial guidelines by the federal government to the administrative excesses of Obama’s tenure. This was during her address to the annual caucus of the Conservative Political Action Conference.


Through the years, Ms. DeVos has been a staunch advocate of school vouchers and charter schools. And apart from being a key donor to the Republican Party, she was formerly the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. For that matter, those who have associated with her over the years warn that the stance she has taken will not be a walk-over tournament. Her public meekness now might as well be a precursor for a tenacious fight and a virulent political storm to come later.


Ms.DeVos is no stranger to controversy and political fights. In Michigan politics, she is known to relentlessly reward or punish those who support or oppose her legislative agenda in equal measure. A former attorney general, Mike Cox, described her as steely and determined as a native Indian on the warpath. She is unstoppable, backed by her family fortune when she sets her mind on a course of action.


Born and brought up in the opulent circumstances of the Prince family in Michigan, educated in expensive private schools, and married to an equally or more wealthier Dick DeVos of the Amway Corporation, the Educations Secretary passionately supports religious schools. Many people who oppose her construe this to be a lack of interest in public schools, a fact that she vehemently denies.


Whereas she is generous, open-spoken, and personable, DeVos might be dangerously relentless in a course she wishes to see her way.


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