Trump knocks Dem in Ohio governor's race: He was groomed by 'Pocahontas'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE went after Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayHouse rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau The road to the White House still goes through Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announces presidential run MORE at a dinner for the state’s Republican Party on Friday evening, linking him to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Mass.).

Trump's comments came while he backed Republican Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator and currently Ohio’s attorney general, who is running against Cordray in a race that the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates as a “toss-up.”

“So Mike [DeWine]’s running against a far-left candidate, and you know he was groomed by Pocahontas. The legendary Pocahontas … He was groomed by Elizabeth Warren. His name is Cordray, and he’s trouble,” Trump said in Columbus, Ohio.

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Trump frequently refers to Warren as Pocahontas, a reference to her disputed claims that she is of Native-American descent.

Cordray was DeWine's predecessor as Ohio attorney general before joining the Obama administration to serve as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017.

Warren, who helped design the agency during the Obama administration, has endorsed Cordray's gubernatorial bid.

Trump claimed during his speech Friday that "Cordray will destroy your state. He spent the last six years in Washington trying to regulate community banks, you all know about it. Small businesses all over the place, they were going into oblivion."

"People were coming up to me, strong people, tough people with businesses that were 100 years old, people that were pillars of their community, and they had tears in their eyes, what Cordray was doing. He was putting them out of business."

Trump and Cordray have feuded before. Earlier this year, after Trump slammed the Democratic candidate as a "socialist," Cordray fired back, saying, "All your name calling won't stop me from fighting those who want to cheat Ohio families."