Donald Trump's controversial cabinet pick Betsy DeVos was confirmed Secretary of Education Tuesday after a 50/50 Senate vote was broken by Vice President Mike Pence.
DeVos, a billionaire businesswoman who has no prior experience in education, was heavily criticized for her lack of knowledge in education, particularly after a disastrous senate hearing back in January where she compared gun safety of children in schools to grizzly bears.
After a confirmed 51-50 win (the closest margin in Senate history), Twitter reacted in many ways. Starting with Pence:
Being horrible is a culture.— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) February 7, 2017
Secretary of Education doesn't care about schools. Head of EPA doesn't care about environment. What kills us 1st: Illiteracy or the oceans?— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 7, 2017
Welp, they confirmed #DeVos. A billionaire with NO knowledge of the public education system is the Secretary of Education.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) February 7, 2017
The DeVos pledge: If your senator voted YES, you pledge to vote AGAINST them in the next election and to donate to their opponent. Please RT— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 7, 2017
BREAKING: Betsy DeVos, who doesn't believe in public education, buys Sec of Ed post w/ a tie-breaking vote from a man who wants to cure gays— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) February 7, 2017
By the way, DeVos is 100% courtesy of Mike Pence. You think Trump gives a shit about charter schools?— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) February 7, 2017
Betsy DeVos confirmed. What is also confirmed is that there is not one single man of courage in the Republican Congress.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 7, 2017
America has a new Education Secretary who wants guns in schools to protect kids from Grizzly Bears - who've never attacked kids in schools.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 7, 2017
The swamp is being drained and filled with Chuck E. Cheese sea of plastic balls.— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 7, 2017
Only good news about the DeVos confirmation is America's children won't be stealing our jobs in 20 years cause #they2dumb— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) February 7, 2017
Elementary math under Betsy Devos— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 7, 2017
Q: Ned and Sheryl each have 4 apples. Who has more apples?
A: Whomever Mike Pence decides has more apples.
Epic fail. #DeVos— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) February 7, 2017
Rejecting DeVos was the GOP's easiest way to say "Mr Prez, let's take this slow, we got 4 yrs". Instead they declared war on our children.— Joss Whedon (@joss) February 7, 2017
For $200,000,000 you can have whatever job you want.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 7, 2017
DeVos confirmation hearings were most embarrassing I’ve ever seen, prove she didn’t even google ed policy before setting foot in the Senate.— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) February 7, 2017
Betsy Devos got confirmed. Everyone who voted for her should be ashamed. Party before country. They're using children's education as pawns.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) February 7, 2017
Educated people overwhelmingly vote Democrat. So the @GOP has an investment in under-educating our youth, especially in lower income areas.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) February 7, 2017
She got in. Anybody want to start a school? On Mars? #DeVos— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) February 7, 2017
I believe DeVos is what the French call "les incompétents" 🤦🏽♂️🤷🏼♀️ https://t.co/15JLjTwndt— Katya (@katya_zamo) February 7, 2017
Knew DeVos would get in & still like pic.twitter.com/KAfLCBBNIQ— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) February 7, 2017
I voted NO on DeVos’ nomination and am disappointed we fell short. We must fight to ensure our kids have access to a first-rate education.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 7, 2017
Regardless of party affiliation, Betsy DeVos is a disaster for education, our kids, and their futures. She just flat out isn't qualified.— RAFAEL CASAL (@RafaelCasal) February 7, 2017
Many school districts and entire state systems need reform and improvement. #DeVos has NO idea how to do that and she won't do it well.— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) February 7, 2017
#DeVos was confirmed in a tie that had to be broken by the VP. Don't be disheartened. Your voices are being heard and we will keep fighting.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 7, 2017