The grades are in for Betsy DeVos’spainfully incompetent60 Minutes interview, in which the secretary of education proved once again, before Lesley Stahl and the rest of the world, that she knows shockingly little about the U.S. education system. Late-night hosts weighed in Monday night—and, unsurprisingly, they flunked her. In fact, Late Night host Seth Meyers went so far as to give DeVos an “F-minus.”
“She’s the highest ranking education official in the country, and she acts like the substitute teacher who is just realizing her U.S. history isn’t up to speed,” Meyers said during his “Closer Look” segment, before imagining a classroom conversation between that imaginary sub and a student:
“Can anyone tell me what this is a picture of?”
“Yeah, it’s George Washington crossing the Delaware.”
“Well, no, because Delaware is a state. So you wouldn’t need a boat to cross it.”
“Yeah, it’s also a river.”
“I don’t know . . .”
“Yeah, it is; maybe you should look it up.”
“Yeah . . . Maybe I should!”
Late Show host Stephen Colbert was equally unimpressed with DeVos, whom he compared to a “garden party guest from Get Out.” During his monologue, the comedian reviewed some of DeVos’s more outlandish comments—like her assertion that the Department of Education’s energy and funding should go toward students, not “school buildings.”
“You know the students are in the buildings, right?” Colbert shot back. “We don’t just release the students into the wild and say, ‘Don’t come back until you know trigonometry, young man!’“
“DeVos’s theory,” Colbert continued, “is that if you take money away from public schools and give it to charter schools, that will somehow help the public schools. It’s a system called ‘Stupid.’“
One comment that garnered a lot of attention from multiple comedians was DeVos’s claim that she’s never “intentionally” visited underperforming schools in her home state of Michigan. Understandably, the word choice struck the host as strange.
“So you’ve accidentally visited them?” Colbert wondered, sarcastically adding, “You know how it is; you have a few too many, you end up wandering into the school zone, wake up the next day and go, ‘Oh god, who did I help last night? Poor kids? Egg on my face! . . . Because they threw eggs at me.’ Also, why haven’t you visited underperforming schools? That’s part of your job. That’s like a doctor saying, ‘I have not intentionally visited sick patients. I give all their medicine to the healthy patients, and that gives them an incentive to get better.’“
Trevor Noah got a kick out of DeVos’s use of the word “intentionally” as well, quipping, “You know the fact that she never intentionally went to a bad school means she definitely walked into one by accident. That’s what that means. Just walked in, and she’s like, ‘This is the biggest check cashing place I’ve ever seen!’”
“I do feel bad for the next school she visits now,” Noah admitted. “Because they’ll definitely know why she’s there. They’ll be like, ‘Wait, are we the crappy school? Is that why my textbook is just a bunch of Snapple caps?’”
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