Ronald Reagan's Sons Rip into Donald Trump Over Harsh Comments and Immigration Policy
"Where do you get off talking on anybody's appearance?" Ron Reagan says his dad would be shocked at politics today
Former president Ronald Reagan‘s sons are feeling a little weary of political candidates comparing themselves to their late father – and even more so when it comes to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
Ron and Michael Reagan candidly shared their feelings in a new article in Politico Magazine. In it, they stress, their conservative father was beyond compare and that he’d be shocked at the current political pool.
“I think he’d be kind of appalled. I hope that if he’s floating around somewhere, he’s amused, being separated from all this,” said Ron Reagan, 57, a liberal political commentator.
Ron also said the Republican party has his father all wrong, especially when his dad is compared to Trump.
“I can’t think of two people who are more diametrically opposed. This egotistical, narcissistic guy with the weird comb-over swanning in his private plane,” said Ron. “I mean, look in the mirror, fat boy. Look at that hair, you’re ridiculous! Where do you get off talking on anybody’s appearance? It’s just so unchivalrous. My father would recoil at that sort of thing.”
Earlier this month Trump, 69, insulted fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina‘s, 61, looks in an interview with .
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president,” Trump said in the interview.
The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive responded, using the remarks to inspire an ad campaign.
“Ladies, look at this face,” Fiorina said in the ad released this week. “And look at all your faces. The face of leadership. This is the face of a 61-year-old woman.
“I am proud of every year and every wrinkle,” she continued.
Michael, 70, a conservative political strategist and former radio talk show host also commented on the Trump comparisons.
“Ronald Reagan would never take 11 million people or three million people or a million people and throw them out of the United States of America,” Michael said, referring to Trump’s comments that he would deport all illegal immigrants.
Last week during a phone call with the Alabama Republican Party, Trump estimated it would take 18 months to two years to get the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to leave the country, the Wall Street Journal reported.
He also sparked furor in August when he threw out respected Latino Univision anchor, Jorge Ramos, from a press conference after he refused to sit down and stop asking a question about immigration reform.
While Michael doesn’t like his dad associated with all the hoopla, he also said it’s just a bad strategy for reaching younger voters.”I have a 32-year-old daughter named Ashley. She knows who Ronald Reagan is, but name another 32-year-old who does?” he asked.
Michael also said it’s ridiculous to equate Trump to being the next Ronald Reagan. “To say what he said about Carly? … Is that the face we want for the Republican Party? If that’s the face, then the Democrats have to be going, ‘Go Donald!’ ”
Reagan’s sons also touched on other candidates. When asked about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ron said “[He] lacks charisma and doesn’t connect with people well.”
Mike Huckabee? “He’s not really running for president. He’s running for another television show,” said Ron. Huckabee announced in January he was leaving his TV show Huckabee to explore a possible presidential run.
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Both Ron and Michael were interviewed separately and transcripts of those interviews, which scan the Republican field, can be read on Politco’s website.
When asked who most closely resembled their dad, Michael said it was probably former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
“He’s a cowboy. My dad was a cowboy. I think they bought their boots at the same place. They have the same hat size.”
And yet, as Wednesday night’s debate prepares to take place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, the two men hold steady that their father was beyond compare.
“My father never went around comparing himself to someone else,” said Ron.