Betsy Devos asked Twitter a question. It didn’t go well.
It’s no secret that new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is not exactly liked. Maybe she doesn’t know that? She took to Twitter on the first day on the job to ask a simple question.
It backfired. Spectacularly.
Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/0vRKF1opE9
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 9, 2017
“Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started,” she tweeted. “Now where do I find the pencils?”
We don’t know. You could probably just bring your own case of pencils — made of gold. DeVos isn’t really a woman of the people; she’s notoriously anti-teacher’s union and out of touch. She’s heir to the Amway fortune and lives in a 22,000 square foot house. She doesn’t seem to realize that even that benign sentence is a slap in the face of teachers, who often have to buy their own school supplies because schools are so under funded.
Twitter reminded her.
. @BetsyDeVos If YOU work in education, YOU buy the pencils, the paper, &, sometimes, a kid’s shoes. Spend a week in a school & GET A CLUE.
— Crystal (@CMorganNC) February 9, 2017
— Kim Wickliffe (@Kwickliffe333) February 10, 2017
@BetsyDeVos you realize how NOT funny this is since most teachers buy their own supplies. But I bet you’re gonna pink slip them anyway.
— MalyndaHale (@MalyndaHale) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos At the store. Something you should know: we teachers buy pencils and supplies for our classes with our OWN money.
— Robin McCauley Lynch (@RobinMcCauley) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos not in the thousands of public schools that can barely afford supplies. Looking forward to you cleaning that lil issue up.
— Erin Weaver (@ByErinWeaver) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos You worked a whole day but didn’t have anything to write with? Maybe you could hold a bake sale to buy some pencils.
— (((David Lytle))) (@davitydave) February 9, 2017
.@BetsyDeVos Probably should’ve budgeted for pencils when you were purchasing your position.
— J. Evan (@jevanlee) February 9, 2017
And, of course:
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 9, 2017
Good luck, Betsy. You’re going to need it.