It’s a good thing that not much frightens Betsy DeVos.
She told me just that when I interviewed her earlier this month in Washington, D.C., on her first official day as secretary of education.
The partisan firestorm that surrounded her nomination hasn’t slowed down since her confirmation. And it’s not likely to end anytime soon.
It’s so uncivil that the U.S. Marshals Service is providing security for DeVos, which is typically not done for cabinet members and unprecedented for an education secretary. In her first week on the job, protesters blocked DeVos from entering a public school in D.C., and one protester reportedly pushed the secretary.
Many Americans never paid that much attention to who was the top school chief before DeVos. It’s somewhat ironic that all the hatred spewed at her is fueled by those on the left, who purport to stand for tolerance and inclusion. DeVos’ opponents have taken every opportunity to twist her words and to paint her as an incompetent billionaire who wants to undermine public schools.