Makinak Island — Michigan businessman, political megadonor, and former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos implicitly captures GOP by former President Donald Trump in a speech at the Mackinac Republican Leaders’ Conference on Saturday. I criticized it.
DeVos told attendees of the biennial conference on Mackinac Island that he was concerned that “principles have been overtaken by personality” in today’s political environment.
Personality may be important in getting the party into its policy, but “our movement is not a one-person-dependent movement,” DeVos said.
“Current politics is often about people, not policies that have a direct impact on life.”
To many Republican activists, it appeared to be a rare GOP approval and criticism of what was close to the worship of the personality surrounding Trump, who was defeated after his first term in November.
The McKinack conference is often the test site for future GOP presidential candidates, but such ambitions have been severely curtailed while many Republicans wait for Trump’s announcement of plans for 2024.
DeVos, the Secretary of Education under Trump, was completely unobscured by her criticism of Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer.
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She compared her time in Washington, DC with a trip to the dentist and said it helped, but was happy when it was over. But one of the bright spots is that Whitmer’s reference was “I didn’t have to live under the thumb of that woman in Michigan,” and her “feeling overwhelmed” during a school-closed pandemic. It was an action like “become”. business.
DeVos, an advocate of larger school choices through charter schools and a supporter of public funding for parish schools prohibited by the Michigan Constitution, says Freedom of Education Supports Republicans and Private Schools in Michigan. He said it was a big problem for the constitutional ban on public schools. It belongs to the ash mountain of history. “
“Education is about students, not systems,” DeVos said. Educational funding “should be tied to students, not systems or buildings.”
She also addressed the final Republican Mackinac conference in 2019 while serving in the Trump Cabinet.
DeVos and her West Michigan family donated tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates and causes, but DeVos suspended her political contributions while serving as Secretary of Education.
She is married to billionaire Dick DeVos, who led an Amway company founded by her father and became a Republican governor candidate in 2006. Betsy DeVos, who grew up in the Netherlands, Michigan, was already wealthy when he married DeVos. Her father, Edgar Prince, was a millionaire auto parts supplier.
DeVos was a woman on the Republican National Committee of Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and chaired the Republican Party of Michigan from 1996 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2004.
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This article was originally published in Detroit Free Press: In McKinack, Betsy DeVos criticizes Republican’s continued passion for Trump