Senate Democrats fought the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary because their power over inner cities is largely tied to teachers unions, best-selling author David Horowitz, author of the bestselling book "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," says.
"They're going to go down big time in the future if they continue on this path," Horowitz said Tuesday on Fox Business Network's "Intelligence Report with Trish Regan."
His comments came just hours after the Senate confirmed DeVos on a 50-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. Two Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, broke party ranks and voted against DeVos over fears her support for charter schools will hurt public schools in their states.
Democrats, Horowitz said, "hate Betsy DeVos because her life has been dedicated to championing poor, black and Hispanic kids in the inner cities who suffer from and are oppressed by Democrat policies."
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A chapter in "Big Agenda" focuses on the Democratic Party's monopoly control of inner cities, he noted.
"They've controlled all the major inner cities in America for 50 to 100 years," Horowitz said. "All the killing fields, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, all 100-percent controlled by the Democratic Party, as are the public schools there, which are failed."
Democrats accuse DeVos of destroying public schools, but they're already destroyed, he said. "Forty percent of inner-city kids never graduate. Forty percent of those who do, and this is year in and year out, are functionally illiterate. … Her support for vouchers is their way out."
Allowing vouchers for poor students to attend private schools will destroy teacher unions, Horowitz said, which are "the heart and soul of the Democratic Party."
Twenty-five percent of the delegates to Democratic national conventions are "teacher union members, slush funds, campaign workers," he said. "And when you have private schools and religious schools, also which the vouchers should apply to, that's going to break the back of the Democratic Party, and they know it."
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