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Here’s a New Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Also Dick DeVos Declaring War on Public Education

Lucasfilm released a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Friday, providing audiences a new look at Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), and the evil Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) as the latest Star Wars film approaches its Dec. 16 release date. Also, in 2002, Dick DeVos, the husband of Betsy DeVos, who President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to dismantle the public education system, spoke frankly at the Heritage Foundation about the best way to achieve their family’s unpopular, disastrous goals.

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“The Empire’s building a weapon capable of destroying an entire planet,” says Erso in the new trailer, referring to the Death Star battle station that was destroyed at the end of the original Star Wars film in 1977. “We happen to live in a great school district,” says Dick DeVos, a billionaire Amway heir whose children did not attend public schools.

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The new trailer features thrilling footage of X-Wings in a ground battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers, to say nothing of the space dogfighting! Meanwhile, the footage of Dick DeVos is incredibly dull: He simply stands in front of the camera while describing the cheap messaging tricks he and his wife use to discredit the public school system:

I’ve used the word public schools a fair bit, and I’m beginning to change my own terminology, I would encourage you to either improve on mine or adopt it. “Public schools” is such a misnomer today that I really hate to use it. I’ve begun to use the word “government schools” or “government-run schools” to describe what we used to call public schools because it’s a better descriptor of what they are, because a public school creates this aura that if anyone walks in off the street into a quote-unquote “public school” they would be welcome. And you and I both know that in America today, unfortunately, if you don’t live in the appropriate school district, you are about as welcome at a particular public school as a virus is welcome on a cruise ship.

Will the Rebel Alliance successfully steal the plans to the Death Star, paving the way for victory at the Battle of Yavin? Will Betsy DeVos successfully implement a school voucher program, looting the public coffers to benefit Bible academies and for-profit education hucksters? I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

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