Patti Davis: Current candidates would appall Ronald Reagan and push him out of the GOP
Patti Davis claimed that the current candidates running for president of the United States would appall her father. Davis, an accomplished author and daughter of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, stated in a recent interview that her late father would not be welcomed by members of the GOP because he would be for gun control, amnesty and doing something about climate change.
Patti Davis said that the current candidates eyeing the Republican Party nomination for president in the 2016 United States presidential election would appall her late father, President Ronald Reagan.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM Progress hosted by Michelangelo Signorile, Davis, a famous and controversial author, and daughter of First Lady Nancy Reagan, more or less asked Ted Cruz to stop bringing up her father’s name at every debate and campaign stop because they are nothing alike.
According to Davis, a former Playboy model, who battled drug addiction and eating disorder, Mr. Reagan, who once left the Democratic Party would have parted ways with the GOP if he was still alive. Asked about Cruz’s constant mention of her father, Miss Davis stated:
“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.”
According to her book, The Way I See It: An Autobiography, Davis, who dropped her father’s last name for her mother’s maiden name, was often at odds with the former commander-in-chief because of their different political views. The father and daughter were estranged for several years, but reconnected during his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.
Davis said in the interview that the failed assassination attempt on Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981 had pushed him to take a different stance on gun legislation. She shared:
“He came out for the Brady bill (a bill named after Jim Brady, Reagan’s former press secretary who was paralyzed after being shot during the assassination attempt) I think, it was 1991,I don’t think he’d ever be able to conceive what’s going on now, the amount of gun violence or weaponry.”
While she had no real opinion on Mr. Donald Trump, (other than the fact that he is not fit for the White House), she did, however, share her thoughts on Jeb Bush, whose father served as Reagan’s vice president. Davis said:
“Well, I don’t think he’s presidential, do you?”
Davis, who stated in the past that she was physically abused by her mother when she was hooked on painkillers, revealed that they have forgiven each other and have reconnected. Davis said that the 94-year-old rarely talks about politics, but made an exception on the historic Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. Davis confessed:
“She was very happy about that decision. I don’t talk to her too much about politics currently. She’s 94 and I think she has the right to live out the rest of life with a little bit of peace, which cannot be found in the current political scene. But you know, I don’t think she’s too happy about anybody on the current roster right now. I mean, there’s nobody presidential. Not in that group anyway.”
What are your thoughts on Patti Davis’ comments on the current GOP candidates?