The yacht, which was docked in Ohio, is one of at least 10 owned by the DeVos family
A $40m yacht, with no one at the helm, set adrift and leaving destruction in its wake: some might see it as an apt metaphor for the Trump administration. Its also what happened over the weekend when the Seaquest, a superyacht owned by the US education secretary, Betsy DeVos, was reportedly untied from its dock by vandals in Huron, Ohio.
According to the Toledo Blade, the captain of the 165ft yacht called police early Sunday morning when they realized the boat had been unmoored and had struck the dock, causing an estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in damages.
Its not clear that DeVos would have even noticed if it went missing. The yacht is one of at least 10 owned by the DeVos family, whose patriarch, Richard DeVos, the founder of the multi-level marketing giant Amway, is worth a reported $5.1bn.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage to try to determine who is at fault, and its not certain that the perpetrators knew the boat belonged to DeVos, but the list of potential suspects aggrieved by her policies could be large. DeVos is one of the richest and most controversial members of the administration. This week, she indicated her intent to roll back Obama-era loan forgiveness protections for students defrauded by for-profit colleges.
The potential act of vandalism against DeVoss yacht followed the destruction of Donald Trumps star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week. And it follows a series of attempts by protesters around the country to harass members of the Trump administration in public. If smashing valuable things up is the next step for members of the resistance, they have their work cut out for them before they will make a real impact: Trumps cabinet has a combined worth of at least $4bn.
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