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By the time Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, there were only two living Republican presidents, and we know what that father and son thought of him. But what about another father/son pair with the same name, one of which was president but passed before Trump's time? What would he have to say about #45?
Ron Reagan feels he knows what his father would say about Trump and what he would tell Republican voters. He doesn't think his dad would want people to vote for the "traitor."
While others may see the similarities between the late President Ronald Reagan and Trump, his son did his best to put a stop to people seeing that. Reagan Sr. brought the "Moral Majority" and celebrated the evangelicals in the Republican Party. And now Trump uses those as cornerstones of being Republican as he shuns pro-choice and LGBTQ people.
The younger Reagan believes his father would have thought Trump is "a traitorous president who is betraying his country."
"The Republican Party at this point, for a whole lot of reasons to do with Donald Trump, is an entirely illegitimate political party just made up of a bunch of sycophantic traitors mouthing Kremlin propaganda to defend this squalid little man who is occupying the White House," Ron Reagan told The Daily Beast.
"This is shameful stuff in all sorts of ways," he continued. "This is a dying party. They either have to remake themselves entirely or they will disappear eventually. Within a decade the Republican Party will be a minor fringe group if it continues going this way."
To expound a little more on what his father would have thought of Trump, Ron Reagan said, "My father would — although he might not use words like this because he was a fairly genteel person — my father would pinch Trump's empty head off and sh-- down his flabby neck."
Getting into it more, he felt his father "would have been embarrassed and ashamed that a president of the United States was as incompetent and traitorous as the man occupying the White House now. He's a disgrace to the office of the presidency.
He sees this as the "most dangerous" time of his lifetime, and maybe even "since the Civil War. If there is a second Trump administration, he's going to feel liberated to do whatever he wants to do. He'll try to go for the third, fourth, however long he lasts. He wants to be president for life. It would keep him out of jail, for one thing."
Even when speaking of those who were not supporters of his father, he hopes they saw that "at least my father held the office with a degree of dignity and class. This man has none of that," Reagan complained.
For this upcoming voting season, Ron Reagan "suspects" his father, if he were still alive, would tell voters: "Our nation is at a real turning point. Our republic is in danger. Democracy is in danger, and we need to put somebody else in the White House because this man is betraying the country every single day he occupies the Oval Office."
As a proud atheist, when looking at Trump's attempt to "protect" prayer in public school, he demanded, "Tell me anyone who can prevent anyone praying anytime, anywhere. There is no restriction on individuals praying. What this is intended to do is to force others to watch them while they pray — and so those who aren't praying feel marginalized and then through peer pressure feel they should pray. It's a cheap, cowardly game."
While Vice President Mike Pence may be genuine with his evangelical values, Ron Reagan feels Trump's embrace of evangelicals as a whole is "entirely transactional. They support him, he'll give them whatever they want.
"How funny he looks when he closes his eyes to pray, or just looks sullen when he doesn't want to sing hymns. It's entirely cynical. This is about his political future. LGBTQ people should be very concerned. We need to take this administration and what it is doing very seriously."
With his mention of LGBTQ rights, the conversation took a spin into Ronald Reagan not being proactive regarding AIDS as well as the rumors that have always followed Ron Reagan, that because he was a ballet dancer, he must be gay. He insists he's not, noting that he is married to his second wife.
He spent some time defending his father and his administration with regard to what was and wasn't done for AIDS. The younger Reagan ended it saying, "It was not front and center for him until Rock Hudson's death. I appreciate you asking about my father's administration, but that was more than 30 years ago."
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