Some Prankster Untied Betsy DeVos’ $40 Million Yacht From Dock

Betsy DeVos' $40 million yacht was untied and allowed to float over the weekend, causing some damage. We're sure the education secretary can manage.

A yacht owned by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was untied from the Huron Boat Basin in northern Ohio over the weekend and found undocked at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Captain Quintynn Botha found the vessel and called the police, telling them he had seen nothing suspicious the night before.

As Huron, Ohio, police wait on surveillance footage to try to catch the person or persons who released the yacht, reports show that, perhaps, DeVos won’t mind fixing the $10,000 damage to the $40 million yacht named “Seaquest.” After all, her family owns several other luxury boats.

But perhaps what's more interesting about this story is that we now know the secretary owned this massively expensive boat, all while trying to cut the education budget by $3.6 billion and attempting to funnel $1 billion to the voucher program, a policy that allows kids from low-income families to use public funding to attend private institutions.

​As CNN noted, the proposal was duly rejected by Congress, hampering DeVos' plans.

When the news about her yacht was first reported, many people pointed out that the wealthy education secretary perhaps “deserves” to have her property vandalized after announcing her plan to cut student loan relief by $13 billion. And considering how much anger she arouses from the majority of the American public, that's not surprising.

Still, we must remember that property destruction is not the best way to approach our political goals.

When we embrace vandalism as a way to release our anger instead of focusing on beating our opponent at their own game, we risk losing our moral standing.

Of course, knowing DeVos’ $40 million yacht was released into the ocean does, indeed, sound funny. But hopefully, this won’t send out the message that violent approaches to protesting the current administration should be tolerated. 

Democrats are already beating Republicans in many local races. And the Resistance movement against President Donald Trump is helping put more women politicians on the map, so there’s no need to vandalize or cause harm to people we don’t agree with.


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