‘Clerical error’ to blame for Betsy DeVos’ 13 years of antigay donations — really?

It’s like the Donald Trump administration is trying to set records for the most incompetent government officials in American history. Even when they do something insane and dangerous, their way of dealing with it is even worse.

Case in point: Betsy DeVos, the billionaire heiress who thinks she’s qualified to run the nation’s schools despite not really knowing anything about education. What’s worse: her family has given millions of dollars to various dangerous groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, both of which exist to spread lies and denigrate LGBT families. Great use of money, there, Betsy.

Related: Al Franken challenges Betsy DeVos on million$ in antigay donations

When pressed on the donations, which happened over the span of years, her excuse now is that she was never involved in them; and that her name appeared on the paperwork — for 13 years — by mistake. Uh-huh. And the dog ate her homework we hear.

Even if her ridiculous claim was true, it doesn’t really make anything better.

As Secretary of Education, DeVos will be in charge of (among many other things) ensuring that students’ civil rights are protected. It’s great that she’s not pretending that she never supported ex-gay camps and abusive homophobic rhetoric. But what’s she going to do to keep that garbage out of schools? Or will she just turn a blind eye to it for thirteen years by “mistake”?

Ben Dougas

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