Warren Sticks to Story of Losing Teaching Job Due to Pregnancy

Pablo Tucker
October 9, 2019

Once they could no longer downplay or ignore Warren's dubious ancestry claims, they tried to spin her story as bad for Trump in 2018.

Warren has said multiple times recently that she was sacked from her job as a teacher in New Jersey because she was "visibly pregnant". "Reporters and opponents will dissect her biography, policy proposals and campaign operations for anything to use against her". Apparently no one had done a deep dive into the story to find out if, in fact, Warren was let go in 1971 as a result of her pregnancy, as she has repeatedly claimed. She's enjoyed a steady rise in recent polls to emerge as one of the Democratic presidential primary's front-runners, along with former Vice President Joe Biden.

During their struggles, Ms. Warren has been gaining steam.

As the Free Beacon noted, Warren's first book, published the year after she became a US senator, includes her current claim that she was sacked for being pregnant.

In her 2014 memoir, Warren said she was sacked. If that hadn't happened, Warren has said she might well still be a public school teacher. 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. "I was pregnant, but nobody knew it". I still remember that first year as a special needs teacher.

Warren appeared to first mention the pregnancy aspect in her book, published in 2014.

"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".

"By the end of the first year I was visibly pregnant, and the principal did what principals did in those days: wished me luck, showed me the door, and hired someone else for the job", she said at a town hall in Oakland in June.

In a statement to CBS, the senator also explained the differences between how she described her departure from teaching in 2007 and the story she told when she became a more public figure. "I tell mine on the campaign trail, and I hope to hear yours", she added.

Richard E. Vatz, a professor of rhetoric and communication at Towson University, said the way voters respond to the latest episode could say a lot about the leftward tilt of the party.

She goes on in that interview to say she applied to law school, instead of continuing her teaching career. "It would just amaze me if moderate Democrats held no doubts about the misrepresentation of her history and the manipulation of her history to show she is always a victim in what she does". Official school board records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveal Warren was indeed offered a second-year contract by Riverdale Elementary School, and that she offered her resignation months later.

But in the CBS interview this week, Warren doubled down.

Warren critics have seized on the issue, noting that it - like with the outcry Warren faced for taking a DNA test a year ago to try to prove her past claims of Native American heritage - shows she's willing to exaggerate her personal story and isn't the candidate she claims to be. "The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job", Warren told CBS News Monday night. "'We're giving it to someone else, ' I think that's being shown the door".

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