Michael Reagan: My Father Would Be 'Appalled' By Trump
Donald Trump often invokes the name of late President Ronald Reagan in his campaign speeches, but his son, conservative columnist Michael Reagan, said the revered leader would have been "appalled" at the tone of this year's campaign rhetoric, especially coming from the billionaire front-runner.
"I think he would look at all the years he put in, the things he accomplished, and worry about seeing all those things turned upside down," Reagan told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "He really cared about this country, and he didn't like the name-calling, he didn't like the personal attacks."
What's more, the elder Reagan did not agree with having just one group of supporters behind a candidate.
He said he wrote on Twitter recently that if "Ronald Reagan was anything like Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan would never have married him."
He said he thinks his father is so fondly remembered because he had a good heart, and that's what the country needs now.
Reagan, who was on the program to speak about his new book, "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," which is due out in May.
Reagan has been a vocal critic of Trump's, saying that he is not a conservative and questioning his recent GOP conversion after decades of financially supporting Democrats like the Clintons, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, among others.