Elizabeth Warren has overtaken Joe Biden in some polls to become the new Democratic frontrunner for the 2020 nomination. But while Warren may have successfully put her “I’m an Indian” claims in a neat little satchel behind her (not without a great deal of help from the adoring media), she’s still peddling what can only be termed fiction to her rally crowds. No, she’s no longer telling tales of her brave Cherokee ancestors, but that doesn’t mean she’s giving supporters a true glimpse of her actual life. And in at least one specific instance, she is clearly not telling the truth about her old career.
Last week at a rally (and not for the first time), Warren told the audience that she would probably still be a public schoolteacher had it not been for an ugly, discriminatory twist of fate that happened after her first year in the classroom.
“I still remember the 4 to 6-year-olds, I still remember the faces of every one of them,” Warren 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.”
They found her secret stash of peace pipes? No.
“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.”
Ah, fired because she caught pregnant. Isn’t that just like a man?
Now, we can’t say for sure that some version of this didn’t happen. We weren’t there. We haven’t spoken to the principal. All we know is that there is a someone – an eyewitness, if you will – who has said that Warren lost her job for an entirely different reason. Now, is that eyewitness reliable? Does she have an agenda of her own? Who can say.
But Warren probably won’t care to assassinate the witness’s character, seeing as the individual in question is…Elizabeth Warren.
“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,” she said in 2007. “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 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.’”
Well, maybe Elizabeth Warren, Indian Princess left teaching behind because she didn’t have her certifications in order and she wanted to start a family, but Elizabeth Warren, White Woman, was fired due to being pregnant. Or maybe it’s just that Elizabeth Warren, Presidential Candidate, needed a little extra juice for her lackluster personal story.
If you didn’t actually live it, just make it up. It’s apparently this woman’s motto.