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Betsy DeVos is the secretary of education, with a net worth hovering somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 billion. She is also the owner of a $40 million yacht.
Last night, vandals caused $5,000-$10,000 of damage to her $40 million yacht. (For those playing at home, that is the equivalent of vandals causing $3-5 worth of damage on your $30,000 car.)
According to the Toledo Blade, unidentified vandals untied the yacht from the dock in Huron, Ohio, and the 163-foot boat began to drift away. It struck the dock, causing mainly some large scratches.
The news was shared on Twitter by an Axios reporter and split Twitter along class warfare divide.
Somebody untied Betsy DeVos' $40 million yacht from the dock this weekend and set it adrift https://t.co/n1VMTStEVA— Haley Britzky (@halbritz) July 26, 2018
A woman named Barbara thought perhaps the report was being shared to further encourage vandalism.
Are you “reporting” this or passing along malicious ideas? This is sickening no matter WHO is at the back end of vandalism.— Barbara (@barbsalem) July 26, 2018
But mostly everyone thought it was a spectacular way to highlight the very obscene levels of wealth the Trump cabinet has, especially in comparison to the average American.
Lmao nerd— Overlord Fuzz ☭ (@OverlordFuzz) July 26, 2018
This person is a hero https://t.co/tBCoAlQkPD— MisterHippity (@MisterHippity) July 26, 2018
whoever freed betsy devos’s yacht you’re doing amazing sweetie https://t.co/YzTMWjj6GB— amy brown (@arb) July 26, 2018
Never stop. https://t.co/0DcASYtlFn— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 26, 2018
Whether it’s OK to commit small acts of vandalism against society’s wealthiest and most powerful gatekeepers is a debate we won’t be able to settle here today, but regardless of your stance on the boat being separated from its mooring, we can all agree it led to some good puns.
Well here is what the NYC pun crew has come up with— ariel boone (@arielboone) July 26, 2018
Fast and the Furious: Boat Adrift
De-Portment of Education
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]