Colbert roasts DeVos over '60 Minutes' interview

Stephen Colbert roasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosStand with veterans instead of predatory for-profit colleges Sessions: DOJ concerned about suppression of free speech on college campuses Arming teachers: Bad for students, bad for spending MORE for her struggles answering questions during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes." 

The "Late Show" host took aim at the secretary's response when asked why she would defund underperforming schools, when DeVos said that the country should invest in "students, not school buildings." 

"You know the students are in the buildings right? We don't just release the students into the wild and say 'don't come back until you know trigonometry young man,' " Colbert said.

Interviewer Leslie Stahl also grilled DeVos on her support for implementing a school voucher program to allow students to go to private schools. 


"DeVos's theory is that if you take money away from public schools and give it to charter schools, that will somehow help the public schools. It's a system called stupid," Colbert said. 

The comedian also slammed DeVos for saying she had not "intentionally" visited underperforming schools since her confirmation as secretary. 

"So you've accidentally visited them?" Colbert said. "That's like a doctor saying I have not intentionally visited sick patients. I give all their medicine to the healthy patients, and that gives them an incentive to get better."