Ronald Reagan’s Son Says Trump And His Father Are Different In This Way

Conservatives argue that former President Ronald Reagan may have been the greatest president in history. Ever since Mr. Reagan was sworn into office in 1981, every conservative presidential candidate since then has been compared to him. According to the late former president's son, Trump and his father share some things in common — but there is one blaring difference between them.

Michael Reagan spoke at the Reagan Dinner at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend. The son of the popular former president compared his father and President Donald Trump.

Michael Reagan didn't support Mr. Trump during the primaries. He openly said Donald Trump might be the first Republican for whom his father would not have voted. Michael Reagan called President Trump and his father 'diametrically opposed.'

However, when Mr. Trump won the GOP nomination, Michael Reagan turned around and endorsed him. Then, a month before the election, Trump's 11-year-old 'locker room' talk caught on audio caused Mr. Reagan to withdraw his nomination.

Reagan even went as far as to tweet, "I am embarrassed by Trump and the applause he receives when [inferring] she cheats on Bill..Not the Party of Reagan..Someone has to stand up," he wrote.

Reagan did another 180 turn and supported President Trump's travel ban. The relationship between former President Reagan's son and current President Trump has had a lot of ups and downs.

At the CPAC dinner, Mr. Reagan did share how his father and Mr. Trump are alike: both were Washington outsiders, and both 'understood their audience'.

“Donald Trump knew who his audience was. He was able to get into that audience and bring them out. My dad, bell hops, chamber maids, what have you. You look at Donald Trump, the same arena, the same thing,” said Reagan.

The former first son also pointed out how the current POTUS and his father differed: “My father didn't feel he needed to answer every time someone attacked him. He felt he had better things to do, other than spend half the day attacking those that are attacking him.”

President Reagan was also blasted by the media, who raised alarm that the man would start World War III.

Still, even with the comparison, Michael Reagan admits, "I don't think we do any service for ourselves by trying to pit tomorrow's candidates against my father of the 1980s.”

Times have changed, and Mr. Reagan admits that comparisons may only take away from President Trump's future accomplishments. He closed with the hope that he would one day be invited to attend a 'Donald Trump Dinner,' rather than a, 'Donald Trump: Friend of Ronald Reagan Dinner.'

Source: IJ Review
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