Betsy: A Political Fighter With Diplomacy Skills

Betsy DeVos is a political fighter. As a woman who has been at the forefront of Michigan politics, and now national politics, she knows what it takes to get the job done. One recent example was when she met with a representative of gay employees within the education district. She was warning them of the fact that her boss, president Donald Trump, had rescinded the policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. She indicated to the individual that she wasn’t in support of the move. However, for those who have watched Mrs. DeVos over the years, be aware that this woman will be anything but a meek team player. In Michigan politics, she literally scared the living daylights out of a lot of people simply because she had a cold determination about her when she set her mind upon a goal.


Even if you study Mrs. DeVos career only briefly, you quickly learn a lot about her. For instance, even those who might be considered her adversaries quickly realized that this is a woman who is almost constantly underestimated. Indeed, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of teachers had to concede that point. Mrs. DeVos has fought a long and hard battle to advocate for school choice, so yes, Ms. Weingarten could be considered an adversary. However, she does have a healthy respect for her. Weingarten loves to note that DeVos is “completely ideologically focused”, so there apparently isn’t any love lost between the two women.


On the other hand, one of the things that has always characterized Betsy DeVos even from her time in Michigan politics has been her diplomacy skills. As education secretary she recently met with the Cuban rapper Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez. Although this might seem like an unlikely combination, one of the main reasons that Betsy DeVos sought out on meeting with this Cuban American rapper will be the fact that he not only has strong amount of support for the Cuban-American community in Miami but he started a charter school in that same town as well. The fact that Pitbull and Betsy DeVos are equally passionate about the school choice movement and school reform shows that even with a person who is usually liberal, Betsy DeVos can put aside her differences for a common cause.


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Even though Betsy DeVos is only been education secretary for a little over a year, she has time and again demonstrated how much of an asset that she is to the Trump Administration. Throughout her tenure, one of her overarching themes has always been striving for excellence in education. Although some may balk at her insistence at giving charter and private schools an equal footing, she realizes all too keenly that sometimes the best education is not received at a public school. Hence, her passionate support of these types of schools. One thing is definitely for certain: with Betsy DeVos on the job, this countries school system will be changed irrevocably and definitely for the better and greater good.