A new book about President Trump by one of his former senior advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman, claims that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants “to replace public education with for-profit schools” and that Trump has called her by the nickname “Ditzy DeVos.”
The book, “Unhinged,” describes Trump during the years that Manigault Newman has known him, stretching back to when she was a contestant on his reality show, “The Apprentice,” nearly a dozen years ago. Manigault Newman, who served in the administration for less than a year as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, portrays Trump as a bigoted misogynist.
The White House has slammed the book, saying it is filled with lies. Trump, in a tweet Tuesday, called the author “a crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog.” The Education Department did not respond to a request for comment about the book.
In the latter part of “Unhinged,” Manigault Newman alleges that DeVos wants to eliminate public education in the United States, which many of DeVos’s critics have long contended. DeVos has supported alternatives to public education for decades and has called public schools “a dead end” but has never said she wants to eliminate them.
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