Only a few hours prior to the signing of the removal of the transgender bathroom policy by President Trump, Betsy DeVos was making her way to a meeting with representatives of the LGBTQ community from within the education department. The meeting was created to discuss the plan moving forward after the removal of the federal policy. This, of course, was a very sensitive time, and therefore one aide, in the presence of DeVos, stated to the representatives that Mrs. DeVos fought hard against the removal of this policy.
However, only a mere afters after the president’s announcement and surrounded by media, Betsy DeVos gave no sign that she was ever against the removal of the federal policy. In fact, she would go on to attend the annual CPAC conference and speak to a crowd of thousands regarding her approval of the removal of this executive action by President Obama.
But those who have known and followed Betsy DeVos’s career as the Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and leading advocate for charter school funding warn that she isn’t going to simply become a meek team player to the administration. Betsy DeVos can be very gracious when facing setbacks or other controversies, but she has also earned a reputation within her home state of being ruthless when it comes to getting what she wants. She will often use her family’s vast fortune and influence to bring about change. Former state attorney general & GOP member Mike Cox has gone on record as saying that she has, over the years, instilled a tremendous amount of fear into people and not just because of her family wealth.
Betsy DeVos, who was not present for this article, came to Washington with little to no experience in regards to how politics work within that environment. In fact, her lack of experience was seen when she attempted to debate Jeff Sessions regarding the removal of the transgender bathroom policy. This was a critical debate as Jeff Sessions was at the time very close to the president’s ear and thus influence major decisions. Once again, proponents and opponents of Betsy DeVos state that people tend to underestimate her abilities. They believe that once she has enough time in Washington to learn the ropes, she’s going to be a force to be wrecking with.
Mrs. DeVos was raised in the western part of Michigan, specifically in Holland. During her time there, Betsy DeVos would go to work with her father (Edgar Prince) within his auto parts company. Edgar Prince was also a very wealthy and influential man who often donated to various conservative causes throughout his time. Betsy would go on to marry Dick DeVos, another heir to a large family fortune.
Today, this power couple has not only made headlines but brought about change within their state of Michigan. Betsy was able to expand charter schools in the state, and Dick DeVos would go on to flip the state from a solid union state to a right to work haven.
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