Kelly reportedly sent an email in 2017 following a heated phone conversation with Warren about Trump’s 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.’ That’s all he had to say when he was called out for breaking the law and destroying lives,” Warren wrote in a statement. “And I don’t know about John Kelly ― but there are some men who can only hear ‘blah blah blah’ whenever a woman’s talking.”
Kelly’s insult started going viral on Thursday as Warren supporters took up the “impolite arrogant woman” label and turned it into a badge of honor:
Fuck YES I am proud, and impolite, pushy and arrogant when necessary. And no man makes the rules for my life or behaviour. https://t.co/dxOpgFsjeH
— Catherine Schreiber (@cdschreiber64) October 12, 2018
RT if you are 100% confident that somewhere there are men who have called you an impolite, arrogant woman (or worse) behind your back when discussing you with other men
let’s start a girl gang and get rhinestone jackets https://t.co/xpgjjIQNqC
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) October 12, 2018
Still she persisted. Thank you Senator Professor Warren.
— Stephen Kraffmiller (@sekmiller) October 11, 2018