Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Monday said President Trump’s Cabinet is filled mostly with “incompetent doofuses” after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggled to answer questions about school performance during an interview that aired Sunday.
After a Washington Post reporter observed that “60 Mintes” journalist Lesley Stahl “seemed to know more about the nation’s public schools” than DeVos, Dean responded, “That’s news?”
“The Trump cabinet is mostly a collection of incompetent doofuses,” he added.
That's news? The Trump cabinet is mostly a collection of incompetent doofuses. https://t.co/7vWtY5Ufch
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) March 12, 2018
Dean, who ran for president in 2004, has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration.
DeVos appeared to struggle at times during her interview on “60 Minutes” to answer basic questions about public schools’ performance, particularly in her home state of Michigan. Public schools there have gotten worse, Stahl pointed out, despite the school-choice policies DeVos has championed.
DeVos, who was previously a major donor for Republican candidates and causes, was a controversial pick to lead the Education Department due to her support for charter schools and tuition vouchers that use public funds. She was barely approved to lead the department, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in her favor.
She told Stahl on Sunday that she is “not so sure exactly” how she became the “most hated” member of the president’s Cabinet, as Stahl described her. She said she believes she is “more misunderstood than anything.”
Multiple Democrats took to Twitter following the interview to note DeVos’s performance and question her fitness for her role./thehill.comm