Betsy DeVos praises new transgender bathroom guidelines

Betsy DeVos praises new transgender bathroom guidelines
Source: AP
Source: AP

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touted the rollback of former President Barack Obama's transgender bathroom guidelines for students across the country, saying during a speech a the Conservative Political Action Conference that the Obama era rules were "a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach"

"To suggest a one-sized fits all, federal government approach, top-down approach to issues that are best dealt with and solved at a personal level and a local level," DeVos said.

DeVos expressed no concerns about the lifting of the transgender bathroom guidelines during her CPAC speech, despite earlier reports that she initially had reservations about signing on to the changes, and was told she could either sign on or resign from her role in President Donald Trump's administration. 

Aside from defending the new transgender bathroom rules, the CPAC speech appeared to be an attempt at a public relations boost for DeVos, whose confirmation nearly failed after a loud outcry from Democrats and teachers groups.

CNN commentator and Trump surrogate Kayleigh McEnany, who conducted DeVos' CPAC interview, lavished praise upon the newly confirmed education secretary.

"You want to unify the country and make real change," McEnany told DeVos. "I think there's even evidence of that."

McEnany closed the interview with yet another heaping of praise.

"President Trump just couldn't have made a better choice," McEnany said. 

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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