Sarah Silverman, Don Cheadle, Alyssa Milano, Patton Oswalt and Josh Gad are among those dumbfounded by Trump's secretary of education.
Donald Trump's education secretary struggled to answer Leslie Stahl's questions about her plans for school choice in America, and viewers took notice -- then took to Twitter to share their mostly negative feedback, which made DeVos one of the top trends on the social media platform Sunday night into Monday morning.
Alyssa Milano, Don Cheadle, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Josh Gad, Ike Barinholtz, Rob Delaney, Michael Ian Black and "Ellen DeGeneres Show" producer Andy Lassner were among those criticizing DeVos for stumbling through the disastrous interview, which seemed to confirm what many already thought: This woman has no idea what she's doing.
One portion of the interview, in particular, that has gone viral is Stahl grilling DeVos about the failure of school choice in her home state, Michigan. Here's the entire exchange:
STAHL: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?
DEVOS: I don’t know. Overall, I, I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better.
STAHL: The whole state is not doing well.
DEVOS: Well, there are certainly lots of pockets where this, the students are doing well and …
STAHL: No, but your argument that if you take funds away that the schools will get better is not working in Michigan, where you had a huge impact and influence over the direction of the school system here.
DEVOS: I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.
STAHL: The public schools here are doing worse than they did.
DEVOS: Michigan schools need to do better. There is no doubt about it.
STAHL: Have you seen the really bad schools? Maybe try to figure out what they’re doing?
DEVOS: I have not, I have not, I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.
STAHL: Maybe you should.
DEVOS: Maybe I should. Yes.
Billy Eichner shared that same portion of the interview with a laugh track, while Gad asked if the actual interview was some sort of parody before ripping it as a "dangerous display of ineptitude." See all the reactions below.
Trump supporters! I have a super basic question for you. I’m being sincere and I’d like to have a real conversation about this.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 12, 2018
Please watch this video and tell me that you feel confident this woman is going to make education better in this country. https://t.co/8FMESQ9IkK
Every time Betsy DeVos smiles a dog dies https://t.co/YrxYqp58Kd— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) March 12, 2018
My God. Is this a parody? https://t.co/cWqGgbtP7V— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 12, 2018
This is one of the scariest things I have ever seen and it’s why even those who love Trump should take a step back and see that it isn’t a game to be won or lost; it’s a dangerous display of ineptitude that is breaking the entire country and may be impossible to recover from. https://t.co/FT4gw0O4lB— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 12, 2018
Watch this person: https://t.co/l2kMdejAO5— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) March 12, 2018
I AM SHAKING MY HEAD I DONT KNOW A SHORTER WAY TO SAY THIS https://t.co/Vich3OQv9V— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 12, 2018
Leslie Stahl deserves an award for her doggedness and her patience in this interview. I know that was hard, honey. 🧐😳 https://t.co/HOURCV5l90— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) March 12, 2018
Back from a weekend off twitter.— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 12, 2018
BoneSpurs held a rally for someone, but only talked about himself & continued to spew easily debunked lies.
Steve Bannon. Still drunk. Still racist.
Stormy Daniels is good at Twitter.
My kids are smarter than Betsy DeVos.
I got a haircut.
I have to say, in her defense...yeah I got nothing https://t.co/CAVLIzLvuM— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 12, 2018
Leslie Stahl: Explain again why burning down public schools with a blowtorch is good for students?— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) March 12, 2018
Betsy DeVos: I choose B
Leslie: This isn’t a multiple choice question
Betsy DeVos: C
Leslie: Do you even know what a “school” is?
Betsy: (smiles so hard her mouth bleeds)
Betsy DeVos could have lived the rest of her dumb life as an unknown billionaire but apparently she had to seize the opportunity to make children's lives infinitely shittier— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 12, 2018
Betsy Devos just stunk up the joint on 60 Minutes.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 11, 2018
Did Trump send Betsy DeVos to make the press rounds to make people forget how shitty he is by focusing instead on how shitty she is?— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 12, 2018
•Absent on WV teachers’ strike— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 12, 2018
•Useless in Parkland aftermath
•Excellent at inheriting money
Betsy DeVos is a magnificent representative of the GOP. Watch this & Register to Vote: https://t.co/4sqGC2eLQs https://t.co/a4dnbOiiTp
Watch how IMMEDIATELY disgusted Leslie Stahl is with this blissful moron. And watch how aggressively ignorant Betsey DeVos is. How the FUCK is she Sec. of Education? https://t.co/Q9p9bH646R— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 12, 2018
“The best people” https://t.co/lrrEd0RegV— Christopher Gorham (@ChrisGorham) March 12, 2018
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There was some next level messed up parenting going on in the family that raises a Betsy deVos and an Eric Prince.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 12, 2018