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Betsy DeVos Stands Tall Amidst Controversial Decision by President Trump

When Betsy DeVos first took her seat before the Senate, she was probably a little nervous. Since that moment in 2016, Betsy DeVos has turned into one of President Trump’s most reliable cabinet members. As his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has taken it upon herself to make sure that she stands for what she believes in. As an outsider to the traditional political world, Betsy DeVos has both the support of President Trump and his base, as well. With that being said, Betsy DeVos has never allowed herself to be anyone’s puppet. Donald Trump made the controversial decision to overturn federally mandated bathroom protections for transgendered students. Despite the popularity this move had with his base, Betsy DeVos stood tall in opposition. Why did Betsy DeVos feel compelled to fight President Trump at this moment?


One of President Trump’s leading chants throughout his ascension in the GOP has been his willingness to overturn Obama-era regulation. Despite Betsy DeVos operating a staunch conservative and GOP donor, she was unwilling to get behind President Trump’s decision. As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos knew that it fell to her to fight for what was right for her students, even if it defied the expectations of her political party. Betsy DeVos spoke confidently in support of President Trump when in public, but behind closed doors, she made numerous arguments in order to sway the President. Betsy’s willingness to fight for what she believes in, at all cost, is what made her such an appealing hire for President Trump.


Despite Betsy DeVos’s willingness to go against President Trump, you should not confuse her for anything other than a staunch conservative. DeVos went to Calvin College in Michigan and it was there that she fell in love with the work of conservative economist, Milton Friedman. After graduating from college, Betsy DeVos would jump right into the field of advocacy. Over her entire adult life, Betsy DeVos has worked closely with families in order to fight for education reform that the average American can believe in. The driving force behind Betsy’s advocacy is the concept of school choice.


School choice was initially argued by the aforementioned Milton Friedman. Despite Friedman’s place in conservative America, he was never able to get school choice into the legislative arena. Betsy DeVos, however, has been able to rally mainstream conservatives toward the concept of school choice. In doing so, DeVos has established herself as someone who is able to do the impossible. Since Betsy DeVos began stumping for educational choice, the movement has exploded throughout the United States of America. Currently, more than a quarter of a million students are enrolled in privately owned, publicly funded facilities. States like Florida and Wisconsin have both already passed legislation in order to support these facilities. If Betsy DeVos continues to have such success at the federal level, we might be nearing the first meaningful stage of education reform in recent memory. However, Betsy DeVos and President Trump both know that their time may be short with the 2020 elections on the horizon.


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