Surfaced in a batch of emails Buzzfeed News obtained from the Department of Homeland Security, then-DHS secretary John Kelly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) an “impolite arrogant woman” as he belittled her criticism of the administration’s travel ban.
“Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,” wrote Kelly to an aide. “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.”
Kelly’s aide, Kevin Carroll responded in kind, contributing his own criticism of the Massachusetts senator.
“Too bad Senate Majority Leader McConnell couldn’t order her to be quiet again! Warren is running for President so early, trying too hard, and chasing bad pitches,” he wrote.
The incident Carroll referred to with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) occurred when he invoked an antiquated rule to quiet Warren as she gave a speech against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. McConnell uttered the now famous phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” during his scolding, which has become a tagline for Warren.