Sep 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DeVos criticizes outsize "personalities" in GOP

Betsy DeVos speaking at podium while Mike Pence looks on

Betsy DeVos speaking at podium while former Vice President Mike Pence looks on. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered veiled criticism Saturday of former President Donald Trump's continued hold over the Republican Party, saying that "principles have been overtaken by personalities," the Detroit Free Press reported.

Why it matters: DeVos was one of the longest-serving members of Trump's Cabinet and resigned following the Capitol riot.

What they're saying: "Politics now are so often about people, not the policies that impact lives directly," she said while addressing the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

  • "[O]urs is not a movement dependent on any one person," she added.
  • DeVos also likened her time in Washington, D.C. to a trip to the dentist, and expressed relief that it was over.
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