Elizabeth Warren Stands by Claim She Was Fired From Teaching, Despite Evidence Proving She Wasn't

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Elizabeth Warren is standing by her story that she was fired from her teaching job for being “visibly pregnant,” despite video evidence and school records that prove otherwise.


In an exclusive interview with CBS News that aired Monday evening, Warren said, “All I know is I was 22 years old, I was six months pregnant, and the job that I had been promised for the next year was going to someone else. The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job.”

Warren has also falsely claimed Native American heritage. Last year she attempted to put that controversy behind her by taking a DNA test, which ultimately proved that she was whiter than most white people, and was maybe as little as 1/1024 Native American.
Caught in this new lie, I don’t even see how she can claim to have been 1/1024th fired, but perhaps she’ll try.
Warren has apparently been laying the groundwork for this discriminatory firing story for several years. She wrote in her 2013 book, A Fighting Chance, about being “obviously” pregnant by the end of the year in 1971, and that “The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then—wished me good luck, didn’t ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job.” Today, that story is part of her stump speech on the campaign trail.

On Saturday, a video that had been posted to YouTube in 2008 was unearthed that showed Warren, in her own words, explaining her decision to leave teaching on her own. When asked about this discrepancy, Warren explained, “After becoming a public figure I opened up more about different pieces in my life and this was one of them.” That explanation, however, doesn’t explain why documents from the local Board of Education where she taught showed that her contract had actually been renewed, but that she resigned two months later. “The resignation of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, speech correctionist effective June 30, 1971 was accepted with regret,” the June 16, 1971, minutes read.

Warren claims that this is not a contradiction at all, and concedes she was officially offered the position for the following year. “In April of that year, my contract was renewed to teach again for the next year,” she admitted, but claims up until then she was hiding her pregnancy. Once she could no longer hide it, she said she was “shown the door.”


According to CBS News, “Two retired teachers who worked at Riverdale Elementary for over 30 years, including the year Warren was there, told CBS News that they don’t remember anyone being explicitly fired due to pregnancy during their time at the school.” Warren constructed the narrative that losing her teaching job was instrumental in her pursuing a law career, and that had she not been “fired” she probably would still be teaching today.

It’s clear that Elizabeth Warren has no intention of backing down from this fiction at this time, but something tells me she’s not out of the woods with this one yet.


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