Another incident has arisen from earlier this month of Richard Cordray making a comparison between Republicans and those who committed atrocities during the Holocaust.
The comments from Cordray, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Ohio, came while speaking to supporters during a campaign stop on June 15 with the Licking County Democrats in Newark, Ohio.
"I will say, that as I said, the tone that you set in government and leadership matters," Cordray said. "I mean, right now we have a tone being set by the White House, which is absolutely against everything I’ve understood for America. You know, trying to find people to scapegoat and blame? That’s like Nazi Germany."
"I mean, I don’t want to make too strong a point about it, and I don’t want to compare it to the Holocaust, but it is trying to find people that we can knock down and drag down and blame and say, 'it’s their fault, not our fault,'" Cordray said. "That never builds people up, to knock somebody else down. When our kids do it on the playground, we tell them, ‘stop that.’"
Cordray had previously compared Ohio Republicans to officials from Vichy France, who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. After the "Vichy Republicans" comments were made public Monday, a spokesperson for Cordray said he "regrets" having made the "inappropriate comparison." It's clear, however, that the comparison was not an anomaly for the Democratic candidate.
Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is running against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to succeed Gov. John Kasich (R.), who is ineligible for reelection because of term limits. Cordray has received strong support from outside Ohio, including from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), who helped create the CFPB.