No matter where you turn to, political discourse will leak into your daily life if you allow it. We are living in a post-Trump/Clinton world and the political landscape will forever be altered as a result. Right now, President Donald Trump is steering a ship filled to the brim with conservative concepts and he is doing it with a majority government on his side. With that being said, you would be mistaken to believe that Trump is operating from an establishment perspective. He is truly an outsider and in order to prove it, you need only look at his Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos.
Betsy DeVos is probably the most controversial Cabinet selection in the entire Trump Administration but it isn’t for what she has done, instead, her controversy surrounds what she has not yet accomplished. Betsy DeVos had never served in a federal or state level political job in her career, instead opting to work as a prominent GOP donor. With no federal experience on her resume, the selection of Betsy DeVos for the highest position in the education world was a bit of an eyebrow raiser, even from members of both sides of the political aisle! Fortunately for Betsy, those eyebrows were quick to recede when it was made abundantly clear just how focused she is on bringing in a change to her position.
With Betsy DeVos, conservatives have the perfect outsider component to President Trump’s Cabinet. While DeVos has been a prominent GOP donor for decades, she has never been beholden to the platform and has been more than willing to establish herself as an idealist before a member of any political party. While this isn’t exactly what people want to hear in the age of partisan politics, it is the kind of stance and mindset that all citizens should strive to have. In fact, Betsy DeVos has even butted heads with President Trump himself.
You’d have to go back to when President Trump rescinded federal protections for transgendered students in order to get DeVos and Trump butting heads for the first time. Fitting in with the conservative platform, President Trump wanted to pull these protections in order to not have special protections for anyone. DeVos didn’t believe in the idea. In fact, she was adamant that President Trump refuse to make the move. While President Trump ultimately won out and made his decision, DeVos made her opinion known. DeVos even went ahead and called all LGBTQ federal employees in her department to an emergency meeting prior to the announcement so that she could personally face them when the news broke. This is just one example of how battle ready Betsy DeVos is for what is to come in the world of American politics.
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