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

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' 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 TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 SessionsSessions hits back at Trump days ahead of Alabama Senate runoff Senate outlook slides for GOP Supreme Court blocks order that relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama MORE’s (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Congress under pressure to provide billions for school openings Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok 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.