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Betsy DeVos gets skewered on Twitter after Dept. of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois’s name

In a priceless gift to liberals on social media, Betsy DeVos‘s Department of Education misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois‘s name in a tweet quoting the writer, historian, and legendary civil rights activist.

The tweet spelled his last name “DeBois” — a spelling oddly similar to the new Education Secretary’s last name.

The misspelling was left up for hours before another tweet with a correction and apology was issued. But according to Yahoo! News, that tweet had a typo as well.

“Our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo,” the initial apology tweet read before it was deleted and a final one was issued.

Unsurprisingly in the wake of the initial misspelling, Twitter mockery ensued.

Even the NAACP, which Du Bois founded, jumped into the fray.

“‘In the Days of Loose & Careless Logic, We Must Teach Thinkers to THINK.’ – William Edward Burghardt DU Bois,” the NAACP tweeted in response.


This isn’t the first time DeVos caused a Twitter uproar in her newly-minted role as Education Secretary. On Wednesday, she posted a photo to her own official Twitter account of herself walking into her new office with the caption, “Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started,” she wrote. “Now where do I find the pencils?”

Twitter pounced on the tweet, reminding DeVos that teachers usually have to purchase their own supplies.

DeVos was confirmed by the Senate last week after Vice President Mike Pence casted a historic tie-breaking vote. Critics slammed DeVos for her support of vouchers for private schools and the fact that she hasn’t neither worked in, attended, or sent her children to public schools.

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