Klobuchar: DeVos 'shouldn't be in her job'

Klobuchar: DeVos 'shouldn't be in her job'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar to roll out policy priorities for farmers in Iowa 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News MORE (D-Minn.) said Monday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosAttorneys general from 47 states ask DeVos to cancel disabled veterans' student debt The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan DeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash MORE is unfit for her position, specifically citing the Trump administration's proposed cuts to special education and the Special Olympics. 

"Let's mention the name of that education secretary is Betsy DeVos," Klobuchar told the audience at a CNN town hall in Manchester, N.H.

"Someone that I strongly opposed and I just think shouldn't be in her job," she continued, to applause from the audience. 


DeVos faced bipartisan backlash last month after her department proposed cutting funding for the Special Olympics. 

The program faced $17.6 million in cuts, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE later backed off the cuts, saying he overruled his administration officials who sought to zero out funding for the Special Olympics. 

Trump's decision came hours after DeVos defended the cuts in front of Senate appropriators.

"It is no surprise to me that these things keep happening, and she not only has tried to defund special education, but she also tried to get rid of the Special Olympics funding if you watched any of this," Klobuchar said. 

"I think we noted that literally just a few trips back to Mar-a-Lago and back with the president would have actually funded the Special Olympics funding," she continued, referring to governments costs to cover Trump's visits to his Florida resort.