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Watch Elizabeth Warren Destroy Betsy DeVos in Less Than Two Minutes


Democrats have relentlessly attacked Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, for her complete and utter lack of qualifications for the job, and now, at her confirmation hearing, they’ve gone all in on painting DeVos as a totally unqualified and inexperienced candidate. Not to mention her total disdain for education. You know, the thing she’d be in charge of.

Senator Elizabeth Warren grilled DeVos particularly hard on her lack of knowledge and experience with higher education, student loans, and managing educational institutions and organizations.  You can watch video of Warren destroying DeVos here.

This was the exchange between Warren and DeVos:

Warren: “So you have no experience with college financial aid or management of higher education?”

DeVos: “No Senator, I do not.”

Warren: “Have you ever overseen a trillion dollar loan program?

DeVos: “I have not.”

Warren: “How about a billion dollar loan program?”

DeVos: “I have not.”

Warren: “Ok, so no experience managing a program like this…how about participating in one?  I think it’s important for the person who is charge of our financial aid programs to understand what it’s like for students and their families who are struggling to pay for college. Mrs. DeVos, have you taken out a student loan from the federal government to help pay for college?”

DeVos: “I have not.”

Warren: “Have any of your children had to borrow money in order to go to college?”

DeVos: “They have been fortunate not to.”

Warren: “Have you had any experience with a Pell Grant?”

DeVos: “Not personal experience, but certainly friends and students with whom I’ve worked.”

Warren: “So you have no personal experience with college financial aid or management of higher education?”

After this exchange, Warren brought out the big guns and asked DeVos about whether or not she believed in “protecting federal taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse,” to which DeVos replied “absolutely.” This prompted Warren to say the following:

“Oh good, so do I because now we all know that President Elect Trump’s experience with higher education was to create a fake university, which resulted in his paying 25 million dollars to students that he cheated. So I’m curious about how the Trump administration would protect against waste, fraud and abuse at similar for-profit colleges. So here’s my question: “How do you plan to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse by colleges that take in millions of dollars in federal student aid?”

After DeVos fumbled through a “I will do my best to have people make sure that doesn’t happen” kind of answer, Warren accused DeVos of wanting to subcontract this part of her job, before finally kindly explaining that there are already rules on the books to ensure this protection and all DeVos would have to do is enforce those rules.  DeVos was clearly confused and flustered at the exchange.

The hearing also had interesting exchanges on LBGT rights and gun laws (which somehow turned into a discussion on grizzly bears) and a host of other issues.  DeVos clearly has very little understanding of what the Secretary of Education actually does.

Check out CNN for more of the hearing transcripts and videos.

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