On Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos eliminated $18 million in funds from the Special Olympics as well as a 26 percent-cut in special education programs in schools across the county.
“We had to make some difficult decisions,”she said. “We are not doing our children any favors when we borrow from their future in order to invest in systems and policies that are not yielding better results.”
“I think the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is supported by the philanthropic sector as well,” she said.
In @BetsyDeVosED’s budget, there are major cuts to programs like the Special Olympics. Sec. DeVos didn’t know the number of kids who would be hurt by that cut, so I made sure she now knows that 272,000 kids are seeing their support taken away. pic.twitter.com/6ZiOfDU4Ou
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March 26, 2019
However, Twitter users dragged DeVos on the internet.
I suspect this is the case. People like DeVos see special needs & disabilities as drains on society, and think in strict terms of dollars and cents, and how they can get the biggest transfer of wealth to the rich as possible.
— Johnny, Bringing Back Beth (@Enjoneer01) March 27, 2019
To better translate what Betty DeVos is saying ” education should only be offered to people that can pay for an education everyone else should be shining shoes on Broadway in New York City” Education will become like healthcare people who can’t afford to educate their kids won’t
— sacbolts21 (@sacbolts21) March 27, 2019
As an announcer for the LA Special Olympics games in 2015, I worked first-hand with athletes, coaches, and managers from all over the world. Their energy, joy, and passion was inspirational to all of us. I’m so thankful for that opportunity. Shame on you, Betsy DeVos.
— Carrie R Loves Soccer ❤️⚽️ (@newt_ripley) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos the spawn of Satan..those kids look forward to the special Olympics what is wrong with you
— Summerose wells (@uniquesrw) March 27, 2019
i have nothing to say but betsy devos and this administration are truly fucking evil. fucking soulless https://t.co/NSUUMXtACy
— carrie (@kyrheemuhlenz) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos has been wildly effective at pushing our government’s white supremacist goals.
Ableism is a part of white supremacy.
Defunding the Special Olympics is absolutely a part of that.
— Wagatwe Wanjuki 🇰🇪 (@wagatwe) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos donating a portion of her salary to the Special Olympics only to turn around and decimate the entirety of its funding is a special kind of plutocrat savior ableist bullshit.
— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) March 26, 2019
Just when you thought the Trump admin couldn’t possibly stoop any lower Betsy DeVos and Co. cut all funding for the Special Olympics.
There. Is. No. Bottom.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 26, 2019
The @SpecialOlympics is one of the organizations there is. The work they do is incredibly important, meaningful, and life changing.
This administration is filled with a load of heartless creatures with no moral code or or sense of human decency https://t.co/zdi2KtGhBO
— Anya Alvarez (@anya__alvarez) March 26, 2019
DeVos testifying today admits the regime has cut federal funding for the Special Olympics. Every week, rights and protections are taken away from marginalized communities, women and the disabled. https://t.co/pA7wANRziW
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 26, 2019
Please RT. The benefits of Special Olympics, which I have seen first hand as volunteer are IMMEASURABLE. DeVos proposal to cut their funding will adversely affect thousands with developmental disabilities. Don't let this happen! I support @SpecialOlympics https://t.co/sGiUZnor9O
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) March 26, 2019
FUN FACT: Trump has spent 270 days at one of his golf courses. If he had spent only 250 days, it would pay for the #SpecialOlympics.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) March 26, 2019
Betsy DeVos is trending so that means one of five things…
1. She did something horrible.
2. She took away money from something meaningful and worthwhile.
3. Someone is missing Dalmatians.
4. A house fell on her.
5. All of the above.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 26, 2019
Betsy DeVos cut funding from the Special Olympics. Because she’s Betsy DeVos, and she’s fucking terrible.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 26, 2019
Besides that 18 million dollars could be spent on secret service protection for the presidents large adult children or for golf cart rentals. https://t.co/3Qv8WTI7Vd
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 26, 2019
Overlooked in the Special Olympics outrage against Betsy DeVos is the 26% cut to state grants for Special Education.
My son couldn't read coming out of 1st grade.
An IEP was put in place & he received special ed services.
He now reads at grade level.
We must fund special ed. pic.twitter.com/8Mstq90MXS
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) March 27, 2019
Putting Betsy DeVos in charge of education is like putting Cruella de Vil in charge of Dalmatian Rescue. pic.twitter.com/XnPfK967mq
— Edan Clay 🇺🇸 (@EdanClay) March 27, 2019
Betsy Devos, faux Christian, proclaims had to slash budget for Special Olympics cause they "had to make tough decisions."
Apparently, harming the lives of disabled children is less tough to Betsy than, say, dipping into $2 trillion in tax cuts she and 1% got from Trump.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 26, 2019
Just when you think Trump’s regime can’t be any crueler, Betsy DeVos cuts all of the funding for the Special Olympics. If you are wondering how these people sleep at night it’s because they have no soul. The only thing they care about is wealth and power.
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) March 26, 2019
Betsy DeVos' has a net worth of $5.2 billion.
She could personally fund the special olympics with pocket change.
But the joy she gets in cruelty is priceless.
So this: https://t.co/L9z8bsAF1R
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) March 26, 2019
There is absolutely no good reason to cut funding for the Special Olympics except being a cruel and heartless piece of shit.
Congratulations Betsy DeVos. I didn’t think there was a place lower than rock bottom. You hit it.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 26, 2019
WebBreacher: RT Pappiness: Betsy DeVos, on cutting funding to the Special Olympics:
"We had to make some difficult decisions."
The Special Olympics cost around $18 million, or about the same as five of Trump's golf trips to Mar-a-Lago.
It's not a difficult decision. It's …
— thesecuritydaily (@thesecuritydai1) March 27, 2019
Betsy DeVos trying to figure out which program to cut next: pic.twitter.com/sNdmLRdZkW
— Lilly Polivoda (@LillyTheLegend) March 27, 2019