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

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren's 'ultra wealth' tax is misleading Hillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 SessionsMcCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general Rod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress: Farewell time for reporters but not testimony MORE’s (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Winners and losers in the border security deal House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency 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.