DC residents threaten to boycott distillery over DeVos investment

DC residents threaten to boycott distillery over DeVos investment
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Residents of Washington, D.C., are threatening to boycott Jos. A. Magnus & Co., a local distillery, over Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosCongress rebuffs DeVos in spending bill: report DeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE’s stake in the business.

DeVos first revealed the holding in Jos. A. Magnus & Co., LLC in a January 2017 financial disclosure form she submitted after President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE nominated her for the Cabinet position.

Her investment in the company is worth between $500,001 and $1,000,000, according to the form.


But some D.C. residents are now planning to boycott the Ivy City neighborhood distillery after the investment resurfaced during criticism of DeVos’s recent “60 Minutes” interview.


















Magnus attempted to distance itself from DeVos in statement to Washingtonian.

“Ms. DeVos is not one of our investors, although some members of her family are,” Thy Parra, Magnus’s marketing director told the magazine. “In any event, we’d love to have you stop by to sample some of our award-winning bourbon and gin!”

Talk of the investment resurfaced after an appearance DeVos made on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, in which she struggled to answer questions about schools that haven’t performed well under school-choice policies she has championed.

DeVos also wasn't able to answer a question about whether there were as many false accusations of rape and sexual assault as there are actual rapes and sexual assaults, and said she hadn't visited underperforming schools.