The nominee for education secretary, who would oversee sexual assault regulations on college campuses, said she would interpret Trump’s 2005 comments caught on tape as sexual assault.
Betsy DeVos, answering questions yesterday during her confirmation hearing, was asked about Trump’s Access Hollywood tape and Trump’s comments heard on the tapes. Patty Murray, (D-Wis) paraphrased the question, would you “consider kissing and touching women and girls without their consent as sexual assault” DeVos answered with one word, “Yes,” she said.
After the taped conversation came into the public light, Trump called the recorded dialog a private conversation and locker-room banter. On the tape, Trump described to another person how he would kiss and grope women without their consent. “When you’re a star, you can do it. You can do anything,” Trump said.
In addition, under questioning from Bob Casey, (D-Penn), Devos also said she would pull Title IX funding from any school that doesn’t investigate sexual assault on campuses. The Title IX Public Law No. 92-318, was put in place in 1972 and states that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
The law also states schools have an obligation to investigate infractions involving, “recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.”
As Secretary of Education, DeVos would be responsible for overseeing the Title IX law is upheld on campuses.