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If there's one thing that Donald Trump hates more than anything, it's people who work for him drawing negative headlines.
Attracting bad press has spelled the end for the likes of Trump appointees Tom Price (Health and Human Services), Ryan Zinke (Interior), Scott Pruitt (EPA) and David Shulkin (VA) among many, many others. (As of March 25, 66% of Trump's "A" Team -- Cabinet officials and senior staff across the government -- has turned over since he became president, according to figures kept by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of Brookings.)
Which brings me to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the week she has spent defending the cuts to Special Olympics programs in schools in her proposed 2019 budget. Amid rising fury from lawmakers, DeVos insisted, "I think the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is supported by the philanthropic sector as well."  Which means: The Special Olympics can easily raise the money from the private sector, so why does the government need to fund it?

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Politically speaking, of course, that is insanity. The Special Olympics is something that is universally popular. Cutting it -- in any way, shape or form -- is bad politics. Especially when there is 0% chance that Congress will approve of those cuts. (A Republican House and Senate rejected DeVos' proposed cuts to the Special Olympics in each of the last two years; they were DOA with a Democratic-controlled House.)
Which, you would think, DeVos would know. Except that DeVos has done this sort of thing before. A lot. There was the time when DeVos fled protesters during a visit to a DC public school. And her disastrous "60 Minutes" interview. Or when she called Historically Black Colleges and Universities "pioneers of school choice." You get the idea. DeVos attracts negative headlines like Twitter attracts trolls.  
Trump threw DeVos under the bus Thursday afternoon before he jetted to Michigan for a campaign rally. "I have overridden my people," he said. "We're funding the Special Olympics."
Which, oomph. Actually: Double oomph.

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If there's one thing that Donald Trump hates more than anything, it's people who work for him drawing negative headlines.
Attracting bad press has spelled the end for the likes of Trump appointees Tom Price (Health and Human Services), Ryan Zinke (Interior), Scott Pruitt (EPA) and David Shulkin (VA) among many, many others. (As of March 25, 66% of Trump's "A" Team -- Cabinet officials and senior staff across the government -- has turned over since he became president, according to figures kept by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of Brookings.)
Which brings me to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the week she has spent defending the cuts to Special Olympics programs in schools in her proposed 2019 budget. Amid rising fury from lawmakers, DeVos insisted, "I think the Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is supported by the philanthropic sector as well."  Which means: The Special Olympics can easily raise the money from the private sector, so why does the government need to fund it?

THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE!
In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe!
Politically speaking, of course, that is insanity. The Special Olympics is something that is universally popular. Cutting it -- in any way, shape or form -- is bad politics. Especially when there is 0% chance that Congress will approve of those cuts. (A Republican House and Senate rejected DeVos' proposed cuts to the Special Olympics in each of the last two years; they were DOA with a Democratic-controlled House.)
Which, you would think, DeVos would know. Except that DeVos has done this sort of thing before. A lot. There was the time when DeVos fled protesters during a visit to a DC public school. And her disastrous "60 Minutes" interview. Or when she called Historically Black Colleges and Universities "pioneers of school choice." You get the idea. DeVos attracts negative headlines like Twitter attracts trolls.  
Trump threw DeVos under the bus Thursday afternoon before he jetted to Michigan for a campaign rally. "I have overridden my people," he said. "We're funding the Special Olympics."
Which, oomph. Actually: Double oomph.

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