New Jersey CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein says she regrets a tweet saying that she hopes U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “dies a horrible, horrible death” and promises to choose her words more carefully in the future.
“Late at night on Tuesday I learned that Betsy De Vos was cutting 100% of federal funding for the Special Olympics,” Rosenstein said. “I don’t know the last time I heard such horrible news or felt such despair. I had just posted that I couldn’t sleep. And so I said something out of that despair that I regret.”
“I should not have said it. I am a leader and 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,” said Rosenstein. “Instead I carelessly gave in to my own pain. I won’t again and I will choose my words more carefully in the future. Every day, each and every minute of my life, I will continue to fight for justice, equality and peace and I will do better in my constructive resistance to evil and injustice in the future.”
The proposal to cut special education funding has seen DeVos come under fire from Democratic officials in Congress and across the country, including in New Jersey.
Senate President Steve Sweeney called the cuts “sad, inexcusable and unacceptable.”