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Jared Huffman, California Democrat, calls Betsy DeVos ‘dumber than a bag of hammers’

March 12, 2018 GMT

Rep. Jared Huffman called Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “dumber than a bag of hammers” in a tweet Monday after her appearance on “60 Minutes.”

“Dear President Trump, if you want to meet someone who has an actual IQ problem (as opposed to just being black), meet your Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Rich, white, and dumber than a bag of hammers,” Mr. Huffman tweeted.

Dear President Trump, if you want to meet someone who has an actual IQ problem (as opposed to just being black), meet your Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Rich, white, and dumber than a bag of hammers. https://t.co/hrkNuF1OQW Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) March 12, 2018

The California Democrat included a video of Ms. DeVos’ “60 Minutes” interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl Sunday night, in which she was unable to defend her claim that the expansion of school choice and private school vouchers can result in better performance atpublic schools.

“I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them,” Ms. DeVos said in the interview.

The education secretary defended herself on Twitter Monday afternoon, suggesting that the “60 Minutes” interview was biased.

Heres what we shared with @60Minutes, which of course they didnt show you: Michigan, like much of the nation, isnt doing well enough to prepare students. Scores are stagnant. Students need more options, and we must rethink our approach to education. pic.twitter.com/GJ0kdI2GPE Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) March 12, 2018

Also missing from @60Minutes: students at charter schools in Detroit are doing 2x better than their peers. The reforms are helping, but theres so much more to do. We must help all students be better prepared for strong futures. https://t.co/nZ8iqHhLBd pic.twitter.com/xoiegl2VF1 Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) March 12, 2018

Mr. Huffman’s tweet slamming the education secretary’s intelligence came a day after President Trump once again attacked Rep. Maxine Waters’ intelligence during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

“Did you ever see her? ‘We will impeach him! We will impeach the president!’ But he hasn’t done anything wrong. ‘It doesn’t matter, we will impeach him!’” Mr. Trump said, impersonating Ms. Waters. “She’s a low I.Q. individual.”

Ms. Waters and her supporters have described Mr. Trump’s attacks on her I.Q. as racist.