‘Too bad Majority Leader McConnell couldn’t order her to be quiet again…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now chief of staff for President Donald Trump, reportedly described Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as “an impolite, arrogant woman” after speaking with her on the phone about Trump’s immigration ban.
Kelly described his frustrations to one of his top aides in a private email exchange, obtained by Buzzfeed News.
“Absolutely most insulting conversation I have ever had with anyone,” Kelly wrote to Kevin Carroll, then-senior counselor at the Department of Homeland Security, on Feb. 8, 2017. “What an impolite, arrogant woman. She immediately began insulting our people, accusing them of not following the court order, insulting and abusive behavior toward those covered by the pause, blah blah blah.”
The court order Kelly mentioned was the temporary restraint federal judges in Massachusetts and New York issued to block the implementation of Trump’s immigration ban, which limits immigration from seven high-risk, Muslim nations.
A congressional source familiar with the phone conversation told Buzzfeed News that Warren’s staff tried to obtain information from the Department of Homeland Security about certain constituents that were stuck abroad.
Her staffers, however, were unsuccessful. So she reached out to Kelly personally, and the conversation became heated.
Carroll responded to Kelly’s complaint and said: “Too bad 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 in a reply email.
Carroll had referred to Warren’s speech on the Senate floor in January 2017, in which she attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
She tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986 opposing Sessions’ past nomination to a federal judgeship, which claims Sessions “used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”
McConnell stopped Warren, however, invoking Rule XIX, which states, “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, any any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy of becoming a Senator.”