Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rosie O’Donnell aren’t playing nice this week.
As USA Today reported, O’Donnell apparently donated the maxium contribution to the political campaign of Kathryn Allen, a Utah physician who filed to run against Chaffetz in the 2018 midterms.
But Chaffetz decided to use O’Donnell’s donation for his own political gain, too. He sent out a fundraising email to his followers that mentioned the comedian actress, who has a storied history with President Donald Trump.
"Rosie O'Donnell, (yes, Rosie O'Donnell) just maxed out my Democrat opponent and is tweeting to all of her liberal followers to do the same," Chaffetz said in a fundraising email. "I need your help to fight back."
He also added that more liberal donors like O’Donnel would lead to chaos in the midterms.
"Because I'm not not afraid to stand up to my opponents and speak the truth, I've become a target for the Democrats," he said in the email. "They are tired of my no-nonsense attitude and are going to pour millions into Utah to see me defeated."
But O’Donnell isn’t letting Chaffetz’s email go. She tweeted a response to the letter, calling for Chaffetz to own up to his own actions.
O’Donnell told Mic over Twitter direct messagess that she supports Allen’s cause, even though Chaffetz isn't happy about it.
"We have to make it about truth," O'Donnell told Mic. She added later, "People are waking. It may take a revolution."
Allen talked with Mic in a phone interview, too, saying she’s surprised by all the sudden attention she’s received from the mainstream media.
Allen received a boost in donations after Chaffetz told CNN that Americans may need to decide between buying a new iPhone or better health insurance.
"Americans have choices. And they've got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said on “New Day.” “And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They've got to make those decisions themselves.”
Though Chaffetz later clarified his comments on Fox News, the issue trended across the United States last week.
It also led to Allen’s soar in popularity, which included Rachel Maddow talking about her during a broadcast last week.
"You can't imagine how this changed my life," Allen told Mic. "Rachel and Rosie — they gave my campaign legitimacy. I don't know how to thank them."