Ronald Reagan’s Daughter: ‘My Father Would Be So Appalled’ At Today’s Republicans

reaganRonald Reagan is constantly invoked by Republican politicians, as well as conservative media talking heads. Inevitably, Rush Limbaugh or the current members of the GOP primary field will refer to themselves as “Reagan conservatives” – despite the fact that he would almost certainly be seen as a raving liberal lunatic under current conservative standards.

For his time, Ronald Reagan’s administration was certainly far to the right. He waged a war on unions, appointed conservative judges like Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court, and pledged to reverse Roe v. Wade.

As conservative as Ronald Reagan was, the Republican Party has drifted so far to the right that he wouldn’t stand a chance in the 2016 GOP primaries. This was pointed out by his daughter, Patti Davis, in an interview with Michelangelo Signorile at The Huffington Post:

A long-time liberal who disagreed with her father’s views during his presidency, Davis became estranged from the former president, but the two reconciled in later years, an experience she recounted in her 2004 memoir, The Long Goodbye.

Responding to a question about Sen. Ted Cruz often positively invoking her father’s name on the campaign trail and during debates, Davis said, “It may be this week he’s doing it more than the others. But they all kind of do it. But yet, they are so not like him. My father would be so appalled at what’s going on. He would be so appalled at these candidates. I don’t think he would be a Republican. And if another Ronald Reagan came along right now, I don’t think the Republican Party would accept him.” (Source)

Let’s consider the fact that the current leading Republican candidate has called for killing the families of terrorists, and Ted Cruz has signed a pledge to support a constitutional amendment banning many forms of birth control.

In the 1980s, any politician who was seeking the White House would have shunned the endorsement of white supremacy groups, but Donald Trump has refused to denounce them because the angry white vote is what has given his campaign the wave of momentum it’s still riding.

The Republican Party has become a political organization that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize. It is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan or William F. Buckley, having been turned into the party of snake handlers, political grifters like Ben Carson and gun fanatics.

Gone are the days of bipartisanship when Tip O’Neill and Reagan fought bitterly over political issues, but still cared enough about each other as human beings that O’Neill was at the bedside of Reagan after he nearly died in an assassination attempt.

Currently, Donald Trump is launching misogynistic attacks on Hillary Clinton’s bathroom habits. Ted Cruz is cozying up with white supremacist gun groups, and Lindsey Graham, the closest candidate to Ronald Reagan, has dropped out of the race.

Patti Davis is right, Ronald Reagan would be abhorred by today’s Republican Party. Bobby Jindal warned them about being the “stupid party” back in 2013, but even he couldn’t take his own advice. The GOP is rapidly becoming irrelevant as a national party, and only gerrymandering and liberal apathy is keeping them from extinction.


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  • Betty Miliano

    Somewhere there is a picture of me at the age of 5 sitting on my Father’s shoulders wearing a styrofoam Barry Goldwater hat …(I hope this picture never resurfaces…I have an image to protect…hahaha…) My parents took me to some kind of a rally for Gov. Goldwater’s presidential run in 1964…My Father passed in 1988..I so wish I could have lunch with him today and discuss the current state of the Republican Party…I believe he too,while not supporting any of the Democratic candidates,would be appalled at what is supposedly the top of the line on the right. The uncouth, reactionary insanity of D.Trump is only the most visible of the problems and issues facing today’s GOP…

  • Ellen H.

    The republicans created the Tea Party and can no longer control the beast.


    When right wing hate radio came into being, crude, uneducated, people like Rush Limbaugh just kept pushing the envelope. There was no counterbalance, and the babble sphere began dictating the agenda to the party, and the party kept adjusting ever further to the right. Every Republican candidate on the clown bus would have been relegated to the lunatic fringe in Eisenhower’s day.

    • Brewmeister

      The GOP stopped being a political party when it became a hate group.

    • Elisabeth Champagne Granata

      NO! NO! NO! The problem came into existence when the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons got involved! THAT IS WHEN THE DIVIDE CAME IN AND RUINED THE GOP. NOT RUSH LIMBAUGH FOR GOODNESS SAKE. Screwballs we have always had but its the ignorant religious nuts that are the problem!!!!

      • ORAXX

        They’re both problems.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I’m not a fan of Reagan, but if he was alive today they’d call him a RINO and ridicule him. But he has passed. Since he cannot go on a 24/7 news channel and express his opinion he is instead held up as some sort of Republican god, and any candidate that wants to win some votes will try to claim that Reagan would agree with him/her and support him/her. Reagan of the modern GOP is no longer a man, but an idol they can mold to fit their needs. Republicans have made Reagan a politics Jesus, and like Jesus they use him to gain votes, select quotes they can use to support their views, and disregard the rest.

  • PRIME79

    Regan? Im not religious at all but Id like to see conservative christians explain themselves to Jesus. The “real” one, the peace loving, sick healing, darker skinned fella from the ME that’s in the bible. Not the fox “news”, gun carrying, money loving, gay hating, dinosaur riding, pro war, the pyramids were built to store grain(seriously, WTF?!) white Jesus….I don’t know what’s going on with that guy.