Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said recently that she will not move forward in naming an education secretary should she win the 2020 election unless a young transgender person signs off on the candidate.
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During a Sunday town hall event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Warren said she would begin by encouraging a trans youngster to sit down and have a face-to-face discussion with anyone Warren might consider for the post of education secretary.
The remarks, according to The Daily Caller, were prompted by a voter who said that children should be learning more about LGBTQ history and inclusivity.
“I have two qualifications that I have talked about over and over for my secretary of education," Warren said in the Daily Caller story. “The first, it has to be someone who has taught in a public school."
Warren added that she would have a young trans person interview the education secretary candidate on her "behalf."
“Part two? Because it came from a young trans person who asked about 'welcoming community,' and I said, 'It starts with a secretary of education who has a lot to do with where we spend our money, with what gets advanced in our public schools, with what the standards are,'" she continued. "And I said, I'm gonna have a secretary of education that this young trans person interviews on my behalf."
The Democratic presidential candidate explained that she will only go forward in accepting the candidate for education secretary if the transgender child believes the secretarial candidate is equipped do a good job — in this case, "committed to creating a welcoming environment" — in his or her role for the U.S. government.
“[O]nly if this person believes that our secretary ... of education nominee is someone who is committed to creating a welcoming environment, a safe environment, and a full educational curriculum for everyone, will that person actually be advanced to be secretary of education," she added.
The Daily Caller)