Secretary Betsy DeVos “Refuses To Affirm” That LGBT Students Will Be Protected From Discrimination [VIDEO] reports:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) slammed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Tuesday when she “refused to affirm” that her department would protect students from discrimination in her testimony before the Senate. “I think that’s very important for the public to know that today, the secretary of education, before this committee, refused to affirm that she would put forward a program that would ban discrimination based on LGBTQ status of students or would ban discrimination based on religion,” Merkley said.

The testy exchange occurred during a Senate hearing on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget, which calls for massive cuts to education. DeVos had said that “federal law must be followed” by schools receiving federal funds. Merkley countered that federal law is often unclear on issues of discrimination, and pressed her to say whether her Department of Education would protect students in all cases.

DeVos went on to say that under her rule, the Department of Education “is not going to issue any decrees” to protect LGBT students.

  • safari

    On behalf of the state of Michigan I apologize.

    • UrsusArctos

      We don’t get to chose where we’re born (said the native Alabamian) or where life may land us. There are a-holes everywhere.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Ok, but what about the other half ??

      • safari

        Many West Michiganders cannot be helped. We also don’t discuss the thumb — ever. And the UP is its own state.

  • skyweaver

    Yeah f*** those kids. Time to return them back to the closet and suicide.
    I hate these people. I hate that they are in power.

    • vorpal 😼

      We could save a lot of hardship and expense and affirm Betsy DeVos’ desire to deprive others of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by letting her lead by example.

      • Todd20036

        Isn’t that a moyle’s knife?

        • jefe5084

          ouch! this is for the other head. nuf said.

      • gaymex1

        You sound as fed up with this shit as I am.
        Other than that…I hope you’re having a good day.

        • skyweaver

          It just really hit me in a really bad place. How is it difficult, in 2017, to not say in public as the head of an agency that oversees the education of the youth of America, many of whom are demonized at school, at church and even at home, that you are not willing to protect them. It just made me so angry.

          • gaymex1

            It’s breathtaking. I am at a loss for words when it comes to explaining the motivation of these cowards–most of whom think they possess a soul that’s worth preserving for an eternity, but the reality is that they don’t possess enough compassion to make it through a day of the here and now.

      • yes b’y

        you’re going to need a sharp blade for that scrawny, sinewy, old turkey neck

        • RickCabral

          “Betsy” Here’s another example of the creepiest women using little girl names. Do they think it makes them less creepy?

          • yes b’y

            betsy wetsy, ewwwwwwww. I just creeped myself out.

          • Cattleya1

            Channeling the spirit of Phyllis Schlaffley.

      • pj

        nice kitty

      • StSean

        *sharpening intensifies*

  • well, what I wanted to say is apparent;y awaiting Joe’s approval. Never had that happen before.
    anyway, what I said was…
    Lady, you’re a FUCKING TNUC.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      all you have to do is to space out the letters and it will magically appear
      c u n t

      • nope, that didn’t work.
        (aren’t you in Metairie too? )

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          lol. Im in los angeles.

          • that’d be a no. LOL

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Metairie? as in NOLA burbs?

          • yep, that’s the one.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Im sorry. my condolences.

          • I didn’t ask for anyone to be sorry. besides, it’s a nice little blue island.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            metairie is blue? thought it was white flight jindal country.

          • That’s the Northshore (Covington/Mandeville). You know, where Steve Scalise lives.

          • UrsusArctos

            Stephen Elliot Phillips – All of costal Al/LA/MS is a string of VERY blue islands in a sea of red. I’m on the MS Coast and yes you can live comfortably here as a liberal – as long as you know you’ll be fighting BS regularly. There are like minded folks around. The good thing about this environment is you know your foes, unlike places with “soft racism/soft homophobia”. It makes getting stuff done more important than the “purity” that some “blue bubble” people get to indulge in.

          • UrsusArctos

            The North Shore is more “white flight” Steve Scalise country. Jefferson is getting more racially mixed by the day. Tons of hispanics coming out of central america.

          • see my post below about Scalise.

          • madknits

            I’m in New Orleans. Howdy, neighbour!

          • hello there 🙂
            raining yet?

          • madknits

            Off and on. I work near the lake. Overcast, but very hot and humid. As you probably well know. Supposed to be sunny on Thursday. 😉

          • Acronym Jim

            Lovely old mansions, though.

        • Ham

          I’m buying a house in the Leonidas (Carrollton) area next week. Just thought I’d throw that in.

      • vorpal 😼

        You can even pull a 1MM with their deep hatred of vowels and type it like Monica Cole would:

      • Brooklyn Joe

        and the ever delightful See you next Tuesday!

    • vorpal 😼

      The C-word is, as far as I have been able to tell, the one word on this site that Joe has flagged for moderation.

      • perhaps. but she is as useless as dried cum in a used condom. may she outlive her children.

        • Nax

          It was all over the place here when Ivanka tweeted about pride month. I don’t think using the word does us any good, but then I guess I’m a concern troll.

      • DJ John Bear

        I like that word…it’s completely suitable in some situations, like this one.

        • vorpal 😼

          It’s an offensive word and some people are more than deserving to be offended.

      • UrsusArctos

        It’s never been in my armory of offensive terms and I’ll f-bomb in a second if I don’t watch it so it’s not a matter of prudishness.
        When I hear or see English/Scots/Irish friends use it, it sounds natural. When I throw it out it sounds “wrong” so I almost never use it.
        For me to use it is like a GOPer using Democrat instead of Democrats – forcing a term into use because it is “supposed” to be offensive.

  • Tawreos

    Of course she won’t do anything to protect LGBT students. People like her believe we are just filled with Satan juice or something and shouldn’t be protected. What a miserable bitch.

  • madknits

    May her life be short and her death long.

    • Librarykid

      Hon, that is worthy of being a Yiddish curse. It’s on a par with may you have a home with 9 bedrooms and two beds in each bedroom and be found dead in each bed in every bedroom three times.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Bluto

      damn, this evil kkkunt even managed to piss off doge. such wow. much go fuck yourself.

    • ted-

      So cute! And great message on top of that!

  • Lars Littlefield

    Devos is certainly living up to what we expected of her. Or should that be “living down” to the low level of our expectations?

  • KQCA

    Why would she protect them? She’s TARGETING them.

  • Christ, what a twat.

  • Jay George
  • Michael R
  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    only billionaire homosexuals are protected.

    • Only at the beginning, and then they too will be thrown on the pile of voters who are amazed at 45’s actions that didn’t turn out to well for them….

  • JWC

    give us a B give us an I give us a T give us a C give us an H whats that spelll….. BITCH

  • AndyinChicago

    If you willfully avoid saving someone’s life, their blood is on your hands. Betsy Devos is killing children by telling them constantly that they are not worthy of invariable rights and protections.

  • coram nobis

    Discrimination could be as simple as hair length. See, e.g., this as an augury of life in the Trump era.

    From David Beckham’s mohican to Roberto Baggio’s ponytail, haircuts can define a footballer. So eight-year-old Mili Hernandez put thought into it before going to the hairdresser. “When my hair starts to grow I put it short because I’ve always had short hair,” she told WOWT 6 News. “I didn’t like my hair long.”

    It was a decision that would get her and her team, Omaha’s Azzuri Cachorros, in trouble. Mili, who is good enough to play for the Under-11s, had helped the team to the final of the Springfield Soccer Club tournament …
    — lede

  • Treant

    So they won’t be, like we couldn’t have figured that out.

    Well, Bets, it’s interesting to note that human rights tend to go further when they’re challenged by bigots like you. Because we get riled. And riled people get shit done.


  • JWC

    Not a fan of violence but this woman I would love to slap into the middle of next week she is so frustratingly ignorant

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      It’s a bit cumulative but it’s a good read. The biggest take away is that the FORBES audience gets a close up on how Eric Trump is bilking them.

    • JWC

      read some until it got to deep

  • So an official appointed by elected representatives refuses to admit that she and her staff will help protect all students from bullying and discrimination.
    Someone needs to invent a new level of hell for these wastes of oxygen and space.

    • Jonathan Smith

      cabinet position? is-int that the 8th circle?

  • The_Wretched

    Betsy- watch this, “Bullying is not acceptable and all students are expected to act responsibly at school.” If you find that hard to affirm, you might be a horrible person.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Ninja0980

    Betsy Devos and her family pushed the MI gay marriage ban which was so severe a same sex spouse couldn’t put his or her loved one on their health plans if they worked at a state run school.
    Does anyone really think someone like that is going to protect LGBT youth?

    • Stev84

      And that was one of the more harmless things she did

  • Bryan

    …she says with a very nice smile.

  • PickyPecker
    • The Milkman


    • Jonathan Smith

      who is that?
      i know….i’m a bad fag……..

    • (Of course, she was the villain in this one….)

  • JT
    • vorpal 😼

      It’s all part of his “master plan” to become the SMARTLYEST!

      • David L. Caster

        He has every intention of surrounding himself with people less intelligent than himself to do that.

      • ted-

        He’s got a long ways to go to reach that goal. Grade school kids have to die off before that happens.

        • vorpal 😼

          Give him time: he’s working on it.
          He might have already succeeded if he could find North Korea on a globe.

    • olandp

      Not to mention his exact quote.

  • So, she isn’t content with just reducing the funding for schools, removing free breakfasts and lunches, but also wants to allow bullying? Damn, school will soon resemble the for profit prisons.

  • The Professor

    Scumbags every last one.

  • HZ81

    She won’t protect Americans in American schools. How is this not an abdication of her duties?

    Not that anyone in the WH or GOP care, but…

    • Adam King

      Abdication-of-duties tops the list in her job requirements. It why she and all Trump’s cabinet were appointed.

  • Ross

    In the picture, the name card states: Hon. Betsy DeVos.

    Normally Hon. is short for honorable.

    But not in this case.

    • i noticed that too.

    • JT

      The only way honor will be involved is in her exit.

    • jefe5084

      Honkey, perhaps.

      • Librarykid

        She is VERY white.

    • ceeenbee

      Normally Hon is short for Honorable but, in this case it’s just what her husband calls her.

      i.e. “Hon,come give daddy a hummer.”

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      I think it’s short for

      • Ross

        That made me laugh! Thank you!

  • jimbo65

    This whole evil administration needs to be vanquished and relegated to history’s hall of shame.

    • Ross

      While most of my natural optimism was destroyed on 11/8/16, I actually feel kinda confident that this whole evil administration WILL be vanquished and relegated to history’s hall of shame.

      Assuming we survive this whole evil administration, of course.

  • Ninja0980

    One more thing… this isn’t a Trump pick.
    Betsy Devos is the face of the GOP and says all you need to know about how they will treat our youth, Trump or no Trump.

    • UrsusArctos

      Isn’t she part of the Evil Cabal that includes Rebekah Mercer? What is it with these ridiculously rich women. I’m thinking they’re worse than the men. I guess they’re making up for opportunities denied other evil people with ovaries in the past.

      • Adam King

        There’s no vibrator in the world that can do what privilege does.

      • David L. Caster

        It’s their way of compensating for not having a dick.

        • UrsusArctos

          I don’t exactly see it that way. To me it’s almost as if this type of woman tries to embrace the worst in men (BE a dick) because in their world men think so little of women. They shed their gender for power, thinking women can’t be powerful. I know plenty of counter-examples and look up to the strong/good women I’ve known as much as the strong/good men. They lack that.

          • David L. Caster

            Understood. I view the situation in the case of this particular female personality as an attempt to emulate aspects of the controlling male personality types. This allows such individuals to appear to be a “strong” woman. So we see this similarly, I just used an imprecise and somewhat crude trope to describe the type of individuals in question.

          • UrsusArctos

            Yep, dicks come in both genders.

    • Michael

      They’re just waiting for Trump to be impeached before they get to go all haywire.

  • NowAnAgnostic

    There is nothing Honorable about that bitch.

  • yes b’y
  • j.martindale

    The words “beneath contempt” come to mind.

  • Michael

    It was her little smile at the end that said it all.

  • ByronK

    You incompetent, DIShonorable, shameless CU Next Tuesday. I wish there was a hell so you could rot in it!!

    • Jonathan Smith


  • Adam King

    I went to the dog park and got some Betsy DeVos on my shoes. I had to throw them out.

    • Xuuths

      You need some covfefe remover.

  • Michael

    Uh, gee, you think? Trump’s entire administration has been dying to put us in ovens and they’re about 3 steps away from being able to do it.

  • shellback

    When we get rid of the illegitimate (p)Resident, we’re gonna have to flush all of his store-bought appointees down the crapper with him. THEN, off to the guillotine with the lot! I’ve already started to draw up the plans.

  • 2patricius2

    Typical Republican politician. Spewing forth fog and double-talk in answer to plain questions. “I don’t support discrimination.” “Will you issue directives that discrimination is not allowed?” “I will follow the law….” “But the law is not clear.” “I will follow the law.” “So you won’t make policies that protect LGBTQ students.” “I didn’t say that. I will follow the law.”

  • She is a horrible woman. What kind of person expends the kind of money she has on anti-LGBT efforts that only hurts other people without actually benefitting anyone?

  • emjayay

    Merkely is thinking of the charter schools that Betsy loves the most – those run by Christian fundamentalist religious groups or otherwise on fundamentalist principles. These are the ones that are going to discriminate against LGBT kids or those with LGBT parents or those of the wrong religion, including the rest of Christians.

  • Blake Jordan

    Her “school choice” logic:

    LGBTQ+ students can just choose not to go to homo/transphobic schools…
    Coincidentally the homo/transphobic schools will just happen to get the bulk of the federal funding…

  • Gigi

    You bet your sweet ass she’d be screaming bloody murder from the rooftops if a private, Muslim run school refused to admit, or allowed discrimination of, a christian student.

  • Because LGBT kids won’t be protected. Just those who say Jesus commands them to hate others for being different.

  • Rex

    Not surprising, from this anti-LGBTQ administration where money buys political appointment.

  • Moderate Democratic

    Cutting education funding is the most damaging thing this administration can do. At least on global warming the rest of the responsible world can pick up our administrations slack. Cutting education funding and diverting funds to religious schools will ensure a generation of citizens who think the world is only 6,000yrs old.

    A generation of god fearing idiots, who also happen to support the GOP, will break this country.

  • coram nobis

    And while she’s enjoying this smokescreen, there really IS a privatization of education going on, and not from the usual suspects. NYT business news:

    … In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.

    The involvement by some of the wealthiest and most influential titans of the 21st century amounts to a singular experiment in education, with millions of students serving as de facto beta testers for their ideas …

  • CottonBlimp

    I don’t know what you’re all worried about. Trump is great for LGBTs. He once held a rainbow flag!