Twitter shreds Betsy DeVos over her plans to cut Special Olympics funds while proposing millions for charter schools. This is another grotesque move from the Trump administration, but isn’t surprising since Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter on the campaign trail.
“DeVos struggled before a congressional subcommittee to defend at least $7,000,000,000 in proposed cuts to education programs, including eliminating all $18,000,000 in federal funding for the Special Olympics,” MSNBC reports.
The Washington Post reports that five Trump trips to Mar-a-Lago would cover her proposed cuts to Special Olympics funds.
“The Education Department budgeted $17,583,000 for the Special Olympics this fiscal year, an amount that obviously exceeds the average American’s annual income.” “It is also an amount that’s about equivalent to the cost of the president’s last five trips to Mar-a-Lago, a period that stretches back to Thanksgiving,” the Washington Post reports.
The backlash was swift and fierce, as it should be….
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
I chaired the Special Olympics World Games in 2015. I will never forget the joy it spread and the impact it had on so many lives.
Take a look, @BetsyDeVosED.
This is who you are choosing to slash funding from. pic.twitter.com/fSoGVhQA0j
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 27, 2019
Trump’s weekly vacations to Mar-a-Lago cost a great deal more than the government funding for the Special Olympics that DeVos wants to cut. So Trump has taken money from families that benefit from the Special Olympics and spent it on his own lavish adventures in decadence.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 27, 2019
.@LindseyGrahamSC proudly supported the walking disaster that is @BetsyDeVosED ! Lindsey is this more of the Trump success you are working for?! So now you want to cut funding for the Special Olympics?! There is a special place for folks like this! #SendLindseyHome #JoinJaime https://t.co/KXg0e5CeNi
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) March 27, 2019
How stupid and evil do you have to be to follow up your unpopular corporate tax cut with a proposal to cut the special olympics?
This is a wild crew running things.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 27, 2019