Betsy DeVos, AKA our new White House education secretary, has been a controversial pick from day one: Not only is she a strong advocate of public school alternatives (a main point of contention for many, considering her new role involves “ensuring equal access to education), but she isn’t particularly versed in public education, nor does she have administrative experience, as The Huffington Post points out.
Yet, despite backlash and protests that occurred as a result of her appointment (including these NYC students who walked out of their classes), Betsy officially had her first day on the job Wednesday.
Everything seemed to be going well enough — at least if Betsy’s tweet was to be believed. “Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started,” she said. It was the second half of her tweet, however, that had Twitter up in arms. Social media isn’t always a particularly forgiving place (see: celeb reactions to President Trump’s Nordstrom tweet), and Betsy felt its wrath firsthand when she dared to make light of the school supply situation, saying, “Now, where do I find the pencils?”
Innocent enough, right? Not if you’re aware of the fact that many schools are actually in desperate need of supplies, and that teachers actually fund these things out of their own pockets. Almost immediately, folks were ripping into the education secretary, letting her know of her faux pas.
Yikes! Though Betsy hasn’t replied to to the outrage, she did post a subsequent Tweet thanking members of Howard University for a “great discussion.”
Looks like she may want to put a littttlleee more thought into what she makes light of next time — at least when it comes to Twitter!
Do you think the backlash for Betsy’s tweet is warranted or unfair? Tell us over @BritandCo.
(h/t Huffington Post, photos via Chip Somodevilla + Bill Clark/Getty)