MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle ridiculed education secretary Betsy DeVos for vapidly declaring that all options would be considered for ensuring school safety against gun violence.
The Trump administration official appeared Monday morning on NBC’s “Today,” where she repeatedly insisted that “everything is on the table” but offered no specifics.
“‘Everything is on the table’ is fortunately not a drinking game because if it was, people would be passed out before 9 a.m.,” Ruhle said. “Betsy said that all morning long.”
Ruhle said the administration’s proposal doesn’t include a ban on gun sales to buyers under 21, and one of her guests said the Trump plan was meaningless.
“It’s worth pointing out the table actually belongs to Congress and not the president,” said Matt Welch, editor-at-large for Reason. “When it comes to gun policy, Trump has really flirted as an idea is signing an executive order to ban bump stocks, which I think would be questionable legally, but that’s the only thing in his purview.”
Ruhle said DeVos’ insipid comments revealed how meaningless the White House’s leadership was on gun safety.
“One of the issues with everything being on the table is everything is next door neighbors to nothing,” she said. “So Betsy DeVos went on to say that arming teachers is something they want to explore, but you already have eight states that have it. So this is what the commission is leading with — what’s the point? If states have the power to do it, this is a nothing.”
The MSNBC host then questioned whether DeVos had the qualifications to lead on this issue, given how poorly she fielded basic questions about the department she heads.
“Whether we’re talking guns in schools or basic understanding of how the public school system works, even if her own state of Michigan, where that’s where she gets a pat on the back for all that she’s done — Betsy DeVos struggled, to put it nicely,” Ruhle said. “So is she the right person to lead something this life or death important?”
Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’
Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.
Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.
Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.
He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff
Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?
Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.
The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."
There's little mystery about how the night will go down.
Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.
Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’
After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.
"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."
Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.