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Late Night Tackles the Trump Administration

Stephen Colbert clinically dissects Betsy DeVos' 60 Minutes interview

On Sunday night, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat down with Lesley Stahl at 60 Minutes, and on Monday night's Late Show, Stephen Colbert sifted through the train wreck of an interview. "DeVos' theory is that if you take money away from public schools and give it to charter schools, that will somehow help the public schools," Colbert said. "It's a system called 'stupid.'" He tore apart her stated hesitation to "talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students." "Your job is to talk about schools 'in general,' not individual students," Colbert noted acerbically. "That's why you run the Department of Education and not the Department of Jennifer."

Colbert also said it's part of DeVos' job to visit underperforming schools, intentionally or not, and her declining to do so is "like a doctor saying, 'I have not intentionally visited sick patients. I give all their medicine to the healthy patients and that gives them an incentive to get better.'" Finally, DeVos said she's not sure exactly how she became President Trump's "most hated Cabinet secretary," and Colbert had some advice: "You should check out last night's 60 Minutes." Peter Weber