NJ Politics Digest: NJ Official Apologizes for Angry Tweet at DeVos

The state director of the Communications Workers of America union has apologized for tweeting that she wished U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would die "a horrible death" for her plan to cut funding for the Special Olympics.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Alex Wong/Getty Images

The state director of the Communications Workers of America union has apologized for tweeting that she wished U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would die “a horrible death” for her plan to cut funding for the Special Olympics.

Hetty Rosenstein, head of New Jersey’s largest public workers’ union, said she posted the message “out of despair” after learning of the plan to cut $18 million in education spending for the Special Olympics, according to a report by NJ.com.

Rosenstein’s tweet was initially reported by New Jersey Globe.

In a statement, Rosenstein said she didn’t know “the last time I heard such horrible news or felt such despair…And so I said something out of that despair that I regret. I should not have said it,” according to the report.

While Rosenstein expressed contrition, she didn’t hold back from slamming DeVos. The statement went on to say, “I should have mustered something to help to inspire others to continue to fight for justice and to fight the power and privilege and immorality of the politics of DeVos. Instead I carelessly gave in to my own pain,” according to the report.

Rosenstein isn’t the only person outraged by DeVos’ efforts. On Thursday, President Donald Trump responded to the national outcry about the move by saying he had overridden DeVos’ plans and that the program would be funded.

DeVos then issued a statement saying she was grateful Trump had decided to fund Special Olympics, something she claimed “is funding I have fought for behind the scenes over the last several years,” according to CNN, which noted DeVos has twice before proposed the cuts.

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NJ Politics Digest: NJ Official Apologizes for Angry Tweet at DeVos