President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE went after Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayDennis Kucinich jumps into race to be Cleveland mayor Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies On The Money: IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 | One-fourth of Americans took financial hits in 2020: Fed MORE at a dinner for the state’s Republican Party on Friday evening, linking him to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack 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."