Spicer Asked If Trump Will Hold DeVos Vote Against Murkowski

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 02: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answers questions in the White House briefing room February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

At today’s White House press briefing, RCP’s Alexis Simendinger asked press secretary Sean Spicer about how President Trump will respond to the two Republican senators who voted against his new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

Here is his response:

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Casey Reynolds
Reynolds served as communications director for the Alaska Republican Party from 2008-2011. He left the Party in 2011 to host his own popular morning radio political talk show on AM750 / FM103.7 KFQD. Reynolds now runs The Midnight Sun (midnightsunak.com), crowned by the Anchorage Press as “Alaska’s best political blog.”
  • akbatgirly

    Betsy DeVos is supremely unqualified for Secretary of Education and every Republican senator who voted for her knows it. Be prepared for a diversion of funds to the Anchorage Baptist Temple, followed by a fleeing of the wealthy, the best and the brightest students from our Alaskan public schools. Then soon followed by the best teachers, who can make more money doing just about anything else. Then watch as the remaining children founder in an underfunded system, and the schools are declared “losers” by Trump and his wacky far right religious supporters.

    But if the country actually continues to pay attention to what our mentally ill president and his enabling Republican majority congress are doing, then perhaps it will be Dan Sullivan who should be most afraid of retribution for his DeVos vote. Yes, our own Alaskan, Ohio-Funded, Senator Dan Sullivan, who cast the deciding vote for a woman who will now likely start an all out attack of our centuries old “American Invented” system of public education.

    Despite withdrawing his support from Donald Trump’s candidacy when the grab-em-by-the-pussy tape came out, Sullivan has since voted lock step for every single one of Trumps cabinet nominees, no matter how awful they may be. I say, next election, “Throw The Bum Out!”.

  • Lynn Willis

    Spicer absolutely did not answer the question. That is a pattern in the Trump administration which is to evade the point, and/or set up a straw man to blame for future failure and move on to create distraction.. Even if he was to threaten Alaska, have we changed so much that we would accept Presidential black-mail of any form? My, how the “states rights” brigade has changed sides.
    (At least he didn’t attack the reporter with the podium).

  • ratfishtim

    Murkowski’s opposition was SOP. She was the tie-breaking vote to get DeVos out of committee. And then:

    “The idea that Collins and Murkowski went rogue or that they would be the leading edge of a broader Republican revolt never materialized because McConnell (R-Ky.) had the situation under control from the beginning…….

    “1. Murkowski and Collins — both moderates sitting in rural states where a “no” vote on DeVos was smart politics — came out in opposition to her nomination within hours of one another.

    2. McConnell’s chief deputy, Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), immediately promised that DeVos would be confirmed.

    3. On-the-fence senators like Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer of Nebraska quickly got off that fence, announcing they would support DeVos.

    4. There was zero chatter from Republican senators on the Sunday chat shows about the possibility that DeVos might not be confirmed.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/07/the-betsy-devos-confirmation-vote-shows-that-mitch-mcconnell-knows-exactly-what-hes-doing/?utm_term=.8b6c61631cea