Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren

Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE slammed the Democratic lawmaker challenging Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.) on Saturday, dubbing Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (D-Nev.) "Wacky Jacky" in a fiery campaign speech.

Speaking at the Nevada state GOP convention, Trump attacked Rosen for campaigning with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (D), whom he again called the racially charged nickname "Pocahontas."

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"[Heller's] opponent wants to raise taxes," Trump said, to boos. "She wants to raise taxes, think of it. I mean, it's ridiculous. Should I mention her name?"

Trump paused as the crowd egged him on to say the name.

"I have a great nickname for her," Trump added. "Wacky Jacky. You don't want her as your senator."

"Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas, you believe this? In your state!" he added.

Rosen responded to Trump's attacks later Saturday afternoon, dubbing her opponent a "rubber stamp" for Trump in Washington.

“The President is attacking me with lies and petty insults because I’m not afraid to stand up to him," Rosen said in a statement to The Hill. "Dean Heller has been a rubber stamp for Donald Trump in Washington, caving to the President’s divisive agenda at Nevada’s expense. This was Senator Heller’s reward for his loyalty.”

Trump has used the "Pocahontas" nickname to refer to questions surrounding Warren's claims of Native American heritage. A Washington Post fact-checker wrote in 2016 that there was "no official documentation" found to support her claims.

Heller is seen as a vulnerable Republican ahead of midterm elections, where Democrats are hoping to pick up two seats and flip the Senate. But, the Nevada lawmaker has secured Trump's support and saw a primary challenger back out of the race earlier this year at the president's urging.

Tickets for Saturday's fundraiser for Heller ranged from $15,000 to $50,000, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

An April poll of the Nevada Senate race showed Heller leading Rosen by just 1 point, according to the Nevada Independent/Mellman Group survey.

— Updated 6:03 p.m.