Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Betsy DeVos visits Parkland school for closed-to-press photo op; says she wants to arm teachers. Her brother, Erik Prince, founded private security firm Blackwater that killed 17 unarmed civilians in Iraq

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was born Prince, daughter of auto parts magnate Edgar Prince, one of Michigan's wealthiest men. She married into one of Michigan's other wealthiest families, the Amway Devoses.
     Yesterday, Devos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In a photo-op closed to the press, she talked to three (or maybe five of the school's 3,000 students, depending on whom you believe), petted a dog and called for arming teachers.
     Devos's little brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater, the organization of modern day mercenaries that got fat no-bid contracts during the Iraq War, during which 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed by Blackwater employees.
     Betsy and Erik's father funded the establishment of the Family Research Council, an ultra right-wing anti-gay, anti-choice political pressure group which flies the Jesus flag
    According to a Grand Rapids Press story cited by Business Insider and Newsweek, Prince said he became disillusioned with Washington while working as a White House intern under President George H.W. Bush because he saw "homosexual groups being invited in."
     Prince, who now lives in Abu Dhabi, is apparently one of the many Americans with ties to Donald Trump's candidacy who met secretly with representatives of Vladmir Putin just before Donald Trump was elected president.j
     Betsy and Erik's father funded the establishment of the Family Research Council, an ultra right-wing anti-gay, anti-choice political pressure group which flies the Jesus flag.

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