Education Secretary Comes to Florida and Steps In It


On May 10, Betsy DeVos and I went to the graduation ceremony at Bethune Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Fla. Betsy got up on stage to give her speech and was immediately, loudly booed by the entire audience. Graduating students and their families stood up and turned their backs to her. I was seated onstage and watching this travesty unfold. When the booing started, she should have wrapped it up, but she went on for twenty minutes, talking over the booing. I was thinking, It’s not about you. Abandon your full speech! Adjust woman! I love HBCUs so much, and to be on stage with her to see the entire auditorium of students and parents booing her, in effect, booing Trump and the administration, was painful to experience.

I asked her later on how she felt about what happened. She said, “I did great!” I must have looked stunned. She said, “They don’t get it. They don’t have the capacity to understand what we’ve accomplished.” Meaning, all those black students were too stupid to understand her agenda. I said, “Oh, no, Madam Secretary. They get it. They get it, and they’re not happy with you or your goals.”

Source: Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault Newman; Gallery Books, 2018 pages 256-257

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