Hey, remember when the big fear on the right was that Trump would sell out social conservatives, because he was a big city libertine? And that BernieorBusters claimed the same thing? Well…
WASHINGTON — A fight over an order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools has erupted inside the Trump administration, pitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions against the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The draft order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.
When it comes to rank bigotry, especially against anyone whose identity or sexuality makes him uncomfortable, Jeff Session is second to none. One of his first acts as AG was to rescind protections, a two-word phrase which we’re going to have to get used to, as it will be the hallmark of his tenure. Amazingly, this was even too much for lifelong Christianist Betsy DeVos, darling of the cultural right (although she apparently has been a supporter of gay and transgender rights, if quietly, and insisted on protections against bullying be included in the order).
And so, where did the President stand, that New York social liberal, stand?
Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.
This is your reminder that Donald Trump is a far-right Republican who governs like a far-right Republican. He had to tell Betsy DeVos to stop being such a liberal squish.