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The Washington Free Beacon believes it has Elizabeth Warren DEAD TO RIGHTS:

The Riverdale Board of Education approved a second-year teaching contractfor a young Elizabeth Warren, documents show, contradicting the Democratic presidential candidate’s repeated claims that she was asked not to return to teaching after a single year because she was “visibly pregnant.”

Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a “2nd year” contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job. That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren’s resignation was “accepted with regret.”

Warren was probably lying when she said she was fired when she became visibly pregnant…because the county did not record pregnancy discrimination as the reason it fired her. I’m serious — that’s the argument. This is incredibly dumb on its face:

And even dumber if you have even a cursory knowledge of the relevant history:

The key rebuttal to the claim that Warren wasn’t really forced out in 1971? A 1972 news story from New Jersey, the state where Warren was teaching, reporting that “Pregnant teachers can no longer be automatically forced out of New Jersey’s classrooms.” To repeat, “automatically forced out.” But many other headlines prove just how standard that was, as historian Joshua Zeitz shows.

The Beacon also helpfully reminds us of where this bullshit started:

Warren’s claim about her dismissal from the Riverdale Elementary School came under scrutiny last week when the journalist Meagan Day of Jacobin magazine noted that Warren’s story appeared to have changed over the years. Day pointed to a 2007 interview Warren gave at the University of California-Berkeley in which she suggested that she left her teaching job after realizing the graduate school classes required for her to obtain a teaching certificate weren’t going to “work out for [her].”

Horseshoe theory for dummies!

At least this story didn’t seem to get a lot of traction outside of the Jacobin/Wingnut human centipede, although it was inevitable that a Times reporter would chip in with some meta chin-stroking that amplifies the smear. But ye Gods this “Ed Whelan fires up Zillow” level embarrassing.

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