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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE went after Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayConsumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau Supreme Court rules consumer bureau director can be fired at will MORE at a dinner for the state’s Republican Party on Friday evening, linking him to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports 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.


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."