The two sons of former Republican President Ronald Reagan do not agree with Donald Trump’s characterization of many of his fellow GOP presidential contenders and Democratic opponents.
“Just on a human being kind of level, I can’t think of two people who are more diametrically opposed,” Ron Reagan told Politico in an interview.
His brother, Michael, felt Trump’s attacks on the other Republicans were contradictory to his father’s legacy.
“Trump Republicans bash everyone in the building and blow it up on the way out,” Michael said. “Ronald Reagan rebuilds the building as he goes through it. What about the 11th Commandment? 'Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.' I guess there’s a 12th: Thou shall speak ill of everybody.”
The brothers both agreed that Trump’s comments toward women, specifically Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell.
“My father would recoil at that sort of thing,” Ron said. “He would never make a comment about a woman’s appearance. It’s just so unchivalrous.”
“It wouldn’t matter if she were on the other side politically,” he added. “That would just be unthinkable to him.”
Michael attributed Trump’s popularity and success to the Republican Party’s lack of communication skills.
“They don’t communicate very well at all,” Michael said of the GOP. “They all co-opt Ronald Reagan but they don’t realize Ronald Reagan’s strength was communication.”
Michael added: “Too many of today’s politicians in the Republican Party speak to us in soundbites. I think that’s a huge, huge difference.”
Reagan, nicknamed The Great Communicator, was noted for using his background as an actor to help him in public speaking.
Late last week, Michael also spoke was J.D. Hayworth of Newsmax TV where he again addressed Trump’s self-comparisons to Reagan.
“Are you a Trump Republican,” Michael asked, “or are you a Reagan Republican? Because you cannot be both.”
The Reagans' comments come right before the second Republican presidential debate on CNN on Sept. 16. The GOP contenders will be debating from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.