Elizabeth Warren is facing accusations that she lied over the reason she lost an early teaching job. While the Massachusetts senator is claiming to have lost the job because she was visibly pregnant, a past video of her tells a different story.
While speaking at a rally in Carson City, Nevada this week, the senator reportedly told the crowd that teaching young children was a “dream job” and a “calling.”
“I still remember the 4 to 6-year-olds, I still remember the faces of every one of them,” she said. “I remember some of our lessons, the things we worked on, I remember our successes, and our failures. I loved that work, and I would probably still be doing in that work today, but my story has some more turns.”
She then claimed the principal of her school hired someone else to do the job because Warren was “visibly pregnant.”
“By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days,” she said. “Wished me luck, and hired someone else for the job. Okay.”
While this sounds like a perfect story for a female Democrat to be telling while running for president, many have been pointing out that it contradicts the story she told Harvard Law Professor Leo Gottlieb in a 2007 interview. Warren was a Harvard Law professor at the time of the interview.
She said then that she left her public education job because she lacked the credentials for a permanent position.
“I was married at nineteen and graduated from college after I’d married, and my first year post-graduation I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ’emergency certificate,’ it was called,” she said.
“I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out for me,'” she continued. “I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’ My husband’s view of it was, ‘Stay home. We have children, we’ll have more children, you’ll love this.’ And I was very restless about it.”
Warren said she then later decided to go to law school.
You can hear her comments below. They begin at the 6:23 mark:
Warren seems to be framing the story in a way now that implies that she was dismissed because of her pregnancy, rather than a lack of credentials — which is the story she told long before she ran for president.
“Teaching special needs kids is a calling. But I finished out the year visibly pregnant and didn’t get invited back. Those were the days,” she said at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention in April.
Those comments can be seen below: They begin at the 4:30 mark:
A report from Jeryl Bier claims that the earliest time Warren reframed her story about her education job ending was in the 2014 book “A Fighting Chance.”
“I can still remember the first day of school as a special needs teacher. The classroom all shined up and ready to go. There were cheerful pictures that I’d hung on the wall. The children were all ready for a new adventure. I loved that job. I truly loved that job,” Warren wrote. “But by the end of the school year, I was pretty obviously pregnant. The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then — he wished me good luck, and he didn’t ask me back for the next school year and hired someone else for the job.”
Again, the framing of the story seems to have completely changed from when she told it in 2007. That Professor Warren gave more context to the story, but Warren the politician appears to be manipulating the story and only giving facts so people can infer that she was fired due to being pregnant.
Considering Warren is the same woman who claimed to be Native American only to have a DNA test blow up in her face, this shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.
Warren is still polling near the top of the Democratic field of 2020 candidates, which says a lot about the party and their chances in going up against Donald Trump. Besides the DNA test and this controversy, Warren also recently fired a senior campaign staffer for “inappropriate behavior,” she’s been trolled by protesters while traveling the country, and her policies would create undeniable tax increases for middle-class Americans.
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