John Kelly, President Donald Trumps chief of staff, may have just given Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a new T-shirt and bumper sticker slogan.
Kelly reportedly sent an email in 2017 following a heated phone conversation with Warren about Trumps Muslim ban. In the email, he dismissed her as an impolite arrogant woman, BuzzFeed reported. The then-Homeland Security Secretary also called it the absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone, adding:
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.
Warren said Kelly had been ducking her phone calls as she tried to get answers about the Muslim ban. She also demanded that his agency follow the court orders against it.
Blah blah blah. Thats all he had to say when he was called out for breaking the law and destroying lives, Warren wrote in a statement. And I dont know about John Kelly ― but there are some men who can only hear blah blah blah whenever a womans talking.
Kellys insult started going viral on Thursday as Warren supporters took up the impolite arrogant woman label and turned it into a badge of honor:
Im a proud impolite arrogant woman 🙋🏻♀️#impolitearrogantwoman pic.twitter.com/Zk3lb2XqfT
Impolite, arrogant women of the world—unite! You have nothing to lose but the patriarchy! #impolitearrogantwoman
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reportedly issued a fiery statement against former Homeland Security John Kelly, following the revelation of an email in which Kelly described the lawmaker as “an impolite arrogant woman.”
In the February 2017 emails obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Kelly mentioned he had the “absolutely most insulting conversation” with the Democratic lawmaker regarding President Donald Trumps executive order blocking refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
“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,” Kelly wrote of his phone call with Warren, and in reference to a temporary restraining order on Trumps travel ban.
Warren, who took part in a demonstration at the Logan Airport among her constituents, personally reached out to Kelly and demanded answers about the situation, according to an anonymous congressional source in BuzzFeed Newss report. Kelly reportedly did not respond to Warren for a week, and later denied she had tried to make to contact with him.
Warren appeared to be aware of Kellys emails and confirmed the background details from the congressional source. In an emailed statement to author David Dayen, Warren wrote that she and her staff “tried to get answers from the Department of Homeland Security,” but that “there was only one problem.”
“Trumps new Director of Homeland Security — John Kelly — wouldnt return our calls and emails,” she said in the email. “My staff emailed back and forth with his staff, but we couldnt get them to set up a call or answer our questions.”
Warren went on to claim that when she finally made contact with Kelly, he “brushed me off” and instead of providing her with a phone number for his office, directed her “to the main line listed on the Department of Homeland Securitys website (really).”
Warren alleged Kelly “bizarrely” believed she was fabricating her story and “insisted Id made the whole thing up.”
“I happened to be looking at all the emails between his staff and my staff when he said this, so I started reading them to him,” Warren said in the statement. “He accused me again of making it all up. “
“My policy staffers were in the room,” Warren added. “And to this day, Ive never seen so many jaws drop in unison. It was one of the first times we saw alternative facts so up close and personal.”
Warren wrote that she continued to press Kelly for a direct line to his office and eventually obtained something more personal.
“So what happened next? You guessed it — I persisted,” Warren wrote. “I asked again for his number. He hemmed and hawwed, and he again tried to give me the Departments main line. Lets just say thats when the conversation really started getting awkward — and that I persisted longer than he did. Eventually, he didnt just give me his office number — he gave me his cell number.”
Warren continued scolding Kelly by disparaging his current role as Trumps chief of staff, a position he took on after Reince Priebus was ousted in July 2018.
“He cant even get Donald Trump off Twitter, and as far as I can tell, that was his main job description when he took on the role of White House chief of staff,” Warren wrote.
“Blah blah blah. Thats all he had to say when he was called out for breaking the law and destroying lives,” Warren added in her email. “And I dont know about John Kelly — but there are some men who can only hear blah blah blah whenever a womans talking.”