According to a new NBC News report, Betsy DeVos began receiving round-the-clock from the U.S. Marshals Service shortly after being confirmed as Education Secretary.

More from NBC News:

“The order was issued after the Department of Education contacted administration officials regarding threats received by the Secretary of Education,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “The U.S.M.S. was identified to assist in this area based on its expertise and long experience providing executive protection.”

Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said DeVos had not personally requested the protection.

“We’re obviously not at liberty to discuss the nature of the threats,” Hill said. “But it should be obvious that they are significant. Otherwise, the trained professionals who made the call to escalate her detail wouldn’t have done so.”

Sounds pretty serious, right? Well, MSNBC doesn’t seem terribly concerned about DeVos’ welfare. In fact, they’re treating it more like a joke:

Love the scare quotes, MSNBC. We’re sure you’d’ve used them if DeVos were a Democrat.

Suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by MSNBC’s flippancy … not when NBC News themselves are trying to make DeVos look like the bad guy here:

The $12.1 million that U.S. taxpayers have already paid for the extra security DeVos receives would have paid for 1,968 Pell Grants for low-income college students for the upcoming school year or 268 new elementary teachers in Kansas, based on an NBC review of salary averages in the state.

Real subtle, guys.