Ronald Reagan's son says his father would be 'horrified' by the Trump administration

Greg Evans
Monday 19 October 2020 09:30
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Ronald Reagan's son has lashed out at Donald Trump and the current state of the Republican party, admitting that his father would be 'horrified' by what is happening today.

Speaking to CNN's Ana Cabrera on Sunday, Ron Reagan, the son of one of the most celebrated Republican presidents ever, laid into the current administration and singled out Trump's family.

Although he didn't begrudge them campaigning for their father he did feel that they had no right to be involved in the White House administration, branding them 'grifters'.

They are certainly entitled to go and campaign for their dad. My eldest brother and sister did that and there is nothing wrong with that.

When you cross the line and I hate to say this, I don't mean to be blunt but we've got a bunch of grifters there in the White House. They are treating this as a grift. They are mixing business with pleasure. They are mixing business with statecraft. They are using the hotels and the golf clubs to profit off of the presidency.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have no qualifications whatsoever to be in the position that they are in. Zero, zip and they are using it to make money basically. 

The 62-year-old then went on to discuss what the Republicans need to do in order to restore faith with their traditional core of voters who have been turned away by Trump.

I don't think the Republicans or any other party can profit by looking backwards. We have to look forwards, whatever party you belong to. Especially now.

We are at a crucial point in history where we are gonna take one foot or we are gonna take the other. It's gonna be a dark road or a more progressive road. I don't think going back to the days of Ronald Reagan is the answer for the Republican party but they don't have much else and Donald Trump and done a tremendous amount of damage to this party.

When I think of my father I think of words like integrity, decency, dignity, honour and patriotism, not nationalism but patriotism. All of those qualities are in very short supply in the White House and frankly, the Republican party is complicit in degrading those values. 

Cabrera then asked what he thinks his father would make of the Republican party in 2020.

He would be horrified by the Republican party right now. The spinelessness in the face of this pathological entity in the White House right now would shock him. I know his character and I know what would horrify him and I know this administration would.

The president is still trailing Joe Biden in the polls of key swing states that could decide the election. If Trump were to lose he would be the first president since George HW Bush to serve just one term.

Reagan, who passed away in 2004, was not a president without his controversies but he was popular with conservatives who have even taken to comparing the gulf of difference between the two.

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