As Fiona Hill testified on Capitol Hill as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a story from her childhood went viral on Twitter.
The former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia was profiled in the New York Times and shared a story that demonstrated her strength from a young age.
"How tough is Fiona Hill? When she was 11, a boy in her class set her pigtail on fire while she was taking a test. She put out the fire with her hands and finished the test," Sheryl Gay Stolberg, congressional correspondent for the Times, wrote on Twitter.
How tough is Fiona Hill? When she was 11, a boy in her class set her pigtail on fire while she was taking a test. She put out the fire with her hands and finished the test. My profile of today's star impeachment witness: https://t.co/hFDSQmBm6R
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) November 21, 2019
The story quickly went viral, garnering thousands of shares on Twitter.
"Today, our democracy is on fire and Dr. Fiona Hill is once again helping put it out with her bare hands," Florida Rep. Val Demings tweeted.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) November 21, 2019
"I want to be her," one woman said of Hill.
I'm losing my mind at this anecdote. I want to be her. https://t.co/NLhsmFAJPQ
— Erin Burba (@erinkseals) November 21, 2019
Okay, well I thought Fiona Hill was not to be messed with, but this...👇🔥 https://t.co/6NzIzW53xs
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) November 21, 2019
In her testimony Thursday, Hill blasted the "false narrative" that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections rather than Russia.
"Russians have succeeded in what they set out to do in 2016, and are going to do it again in the 2020 election," she added.