It was only three minutes instead of 60, but SNL dove into the lingering question of Betsy DeVos’s expertise on education issues.
The sketch came a week after a 60 Minutes interview where DeVos stumbled on questions about how schools in her home state of Michigan were performing, eventually saying she would “hesitate to talk about all schools, in general, because schools are made up of individual students attending them.”
Perhaps the most cringeworthy moment came when DeVos said she had “not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming.”
“Maybe you should,” said Lesley Stahl.
“Maybe I should,” DeVos said, spreading her lips in a smile and nodding her head. “Yes.”
McKinnon, acting as DeVos, attempted to explain the slip on SNL’s Weekend Update:
“The problem is the words that came out of my mouth were bad,” she said, keeping her head bobbing and a smile glued to her face. “And that is because they came from my brain.”
Regardless of where you fall on DeVos, you have to admit SNL’s writers have picked up on her calls for more state and local control.
“I don’t like to think of things in terms of school,” McKinnon said. “It should be up to the states. In Wyoming, for example, which has many potential grizzlies, there should be a school for bears … And in North Carolina, stop being trans, and that’s what’s best for them."
McKinnon’s DeVos made a brief SNL appearance in February, but could barely suggest guns in schools for grizzlies when Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer shoved her off the dais.
There’s good news and bad news for the real Betsy DeVos. The good news is that she will be testifying at the House Appropriations hearing tomorrow and has a chance to counter the image that she is inexperienced.
The bad news, of course, is that DeVos is testifying tomorrow, and those have not gone well in the past.
For the record, the news out of last year’s DeVos House Appropriations hearing wasn’t a gaffe—it was DeVos refusing say whether a school should receive federal funding if they discriminate against LGBT students.
At the end of the SNL sketch, McKinnon softened her voice a notch as she made eye contact with the camera.
“Look,” she said. “I might not be very good on camera. But behind the scenes, my ideas are much worse.”
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)