According to an old video that has resurfaced, Elizabeth Warren’s oft-repeated claim that she was fired from a teaching job that she loved because she’d become visibly pregnant is apparently just a bogus narrative created for her presidential campaign.
In Carson City, Nevada, this week, Warren claimed she was unjustly fired from her job as a special needs teacher. “By the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days. Wish me luck and hire someone else for the job.” It’s a story she’s repeated many times on the campaign trail, always repeating the line that the “principal did what principals did” with regard to her leaving teaching.
In fact, she’s even claimed that had it not been for her being fired for being pregnant she’d still be teaching today:
Elizabeth Warren says that she probably would still would be a special needs teacher today, if she hadn't gotten fired for being visibly pregnant (in the days before unions).
— Rebecca Klein (@rklein90) May 13, 2019
But this story appears to be completely bogus. On March 8, 2007, Elizabeth Warren was interviewed on University of California Television (UCTV), and she told host Harry Kreisler a totally different story about how she left that job:
“I was married at nineteen and then graduated from college [at the University of Houston] after I’d married. My first year post-graduation I worked — it was in a public school system but I worked with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I actually didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ’emergency certificate,’ it was called. 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,’ 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.”
The entire interview was posted to YouTube on January 10, 2008:
In some ways, this is worse than her lie about being Native American. Warren claimed she was discriminated against by a real individual whose identity could be exposed and whose reputation could have been destroyed if someone bothered to look into her story and find the identity of the principal. She was willing to slander another person to craft a compelling story of victimhood for her presidential ambitions.
She’ll lie about her race to get ahead in her career.
She’ll lie about being fired to get votes.
Elizabeth Warren is a fraud.
Will her supporters care? Probably not. As horrible as this is, I don’t see it affecting her campaign one bit.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis