Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is evidently unwilling to stand for her principles in the face of opposition from President Donald Trump.
Though she reportedly did not want to rescind protections for transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity, that's exactly what DeVos did when she backed away fom her opposition to the move.
Initially DeVos was uncomfortable with the new rule that leaves trans students unprotected. However, now DeVos has openly flagged support for the rollback on former President Barack Obama’s bathroom guidelines for transgender students.
The guidelines required federal law to let transgender people use bacthrooms according to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.
In an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference, DeVos criticized the Obama administration's guidelines for transgender students as federal overreach.
“This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach to suggest a one-size-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,” she said.
“The media has had its fun with me, and that’s OK. My job isn't to win a popularity contest with the media of the education establishment here in Washington,” she added.
“Do you believe parents should be able to choose the best school for their child regardless of ZIP code or family income?” she ask the crowd, receiving a positive response.
“Me too and so does President Trump. We have a unique window of opportunity to make school choice a reality for millions of families,” she responded.
Previously, DeVos released a statement that focused on protecting all students, including LGBT students.
“All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment. The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will continue its duty under law to hear all claims of discrimination and will explore every opportunity to protect all students.”
But how will this be possible when DeVos bowed down to the president, putting transgender students at risk?
Sadly now in Trump's America, transgender people are not only feeling unsafe, they may also feel left out. Forcing transgender people to use washrooms for a gender they don't identify with is a harsh reminder that they are not openly accepted in the country, even when they pose no harm to anyone else.