Skip to content
Subscriber Only
Opinion
Ramesh Ponnuru

Betsy DeVos Is Protecting Civil Liberties on Campus

A change in how sexual-harassment cases are handled is a victory for due process.

Everyone has a right to free speech.

Everyone has a right to free speech.

Photographer: Oliver Morris/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Due process and free speech are not the first causes one associates with the Donald Trump administration.

The president has joked that the police should not “be too nice” to “thugs” and suggested that libel laws should be changed to punish newspapers for running “hit pieces.” Yet Trump’s Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, is taking steps to guard civil liberties. In an equal and opposite role reversal, the American Civil Liberties Union is protesting these steps.