Warren responds to 'arrogant woman' insult: 'Was I tough on John Kelly? ... You bet I was'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday fired back at White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE over reports from the day before that he called her an "impolite arrogant woman" in a 2017 email.

"Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,” Kelly wrote, according to BuzzFeed News.

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"What an impolite arrogant woman. She immediately began insulting our people accusing them of not following the court order, insulting and abusive behavior towards those covered by the pause, blah blah blah," he added, referring the Trump administration's travel ban.

"Was I tough on John Kelly in that phone call? You bet I was. Apparently he thought I was an 'impolite arrogant woman,' " Warren tweeted.

“There are some men who can only hear 'blah blah blah' whenever a woman’s talking. But there’s nothing impolite about people’s right to speak out and hold their government accountable. And sometimes, people are right to be angry,” she added.

The email chain referred to a conversation Kelly and Warren had over Boston's Logan Airport regarding several of Warren’s constituents who were detained there under the travel ban despite having visas.

The date on Kelly's email chain suggests his conversation with Warren was regarding the first iteration of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE's travel ban, which was later revamped following multiple court rulings against it. 

Warren is no stranger to turning her opponents’ criticism into a weapon.

She was cut off on the Senate floor early last year while giving a speech opposing then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsInterior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE’s (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached MORE (R-Ky.) interrupted her for impugning “the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.”

Warren continued, but was ultimately stopped when McConnell objected and that objection was approved by a 49-43 vote.

“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell explained.

The phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” immediately went viral in liberal circles and has become a calling card for the Massachusetts Democrat, who is considered a possible 2020 White House candidate.

The Trump administration and Warren have repeatedly feuded since the president took office. Trump often attacks the progressive senator with the racially charged "Pocahontas" epithet, referring to her claims of Native American ancestry.