Republican Party aside, these two famous personalities share more than just the obvious. Are we destined to repeat history? Before you head to the polls, compare for yourself. Is the world ready for Ronald Reagan… 2.0?
As president, Reagan kept a diary in which he commented on daily occurrences of his presidency and his views on the issues of the day. The diaries were published in May 2007 in the bestselling book, The Reagan Diaries. The heartwarming book, I Love You, Ronnie, is a compilation of love letters between Nancy and Ronald Reagan. The 1997 book Trump: The Art of the Comeback, was penned by Donald Trump, as well as several others, including Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump: Surviving at the Top, Think Big: Make It Happen In Business and in Life, and Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life.
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24. PRESIDENT GRANDPA
Though Ronald Reagan does not have any biological grandchildren, he is still a grandfather to his adopted son’s 2 children and his biological daughter’s adopted daughter from Uganda. Donald Trump does exceed Reagan’s grandchild count by a few. He currently has seven grandchildren.
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23. DADS OF THE YEAR
Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan are both father to 5 children. Donald Trump has three children with his first wife, Ivana, a daughter with his second wife, Marla, and a son with his third and current wife, Melania. Ronald Reagan fathered two biological children with his first wife, and adopted a third. Sadly, his first daughter only lived one day. With his second wife, Nancy, who recently passed away, he fathered two more children.
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22. MEDICAL LIMITATIONS
Trump received a medical deferment in 1968 and kept from military service due to heel spurs in both feet. Reagan, who enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1937 only to be kept from going overseas due to poor eyesight. He was given limited duty.
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21. HALF SCOT
Both men are significantly Scottish, having been born to Scottish mothers. Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born on the Scottish island of Lewis and Harris. Reagan’s mother, Nelle Clyde Wilson, was half Scot and half English.
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20. SIMPLE BUT TOUGH
Both Reagan and Trump have stated very simple solutions to big problems in the country – solutions that are much tougher than they are complicated. Their ideas on how to fix the country are startling and difficult, yet don’t require a lot of steps and intricacies to keep the majority satisfied or being politically correct. Reagan has said, “Well, the truth is, there are simple answers—there are not easy ones.”
Trump’s proposed solution to ISIS: “You bomb the hell out of them, then encircle them and take away the oil they control.Once you take that oil, they have nothing left. And it’s so simple.”
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19. UNHOLIER THAN THOU
While Trump describes himself as a “strong Christian”, he is not a member of any church, has supported abortion in the past, is divorced twice and has publicly misquoted the Bible. Reagan also hardly attended church and was divorced. In 1978, he opposed attempts by Christian activists to bar gays and lesbians from teaching in California’s public schools.
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18. RACIALLY CHARGED
Reagan opposed the Voting Rights Act (twice) which aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. Although Trump swears he doesn’t have a “racist bone in his body” he has refused to disavow racial groups that support him, has been accused of not renting to African Americans on his properties, and makes excuses for the violence against certain racial groups in various circumstances.
17. DUMBING IT DOWN
17. DUMBING IT DOWN
Both candidates, when speaking of world issues, articulated their views so simply, a child could understand them. This may be why such a majority of citizens are in favor of both and can relate – they are easier to understand. It is even said that Trump speaks to crowds in a 4th grade vernacular.
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16. HIT EM WHERE IT HURTS
Despite the idea that Reagan never attacked a fellow Republican, he was rough and on the offense with Gerald Ford in the 1976 primaries. Trump, as we know, is not afraid of vicious verbal attacks on anyone who opposes him.
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15. THE OUTSIDERS
Americans value outsiders when they crave change. Trump has never held a single political office. Reagan served as governor of California without ever serving in Congress.
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14. FOR REALZ?
Reagan was ridiculed as ‘not serious’ and a B-movie actor. Non-supporters believed he’d never win – but he did. Sound familiar?
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13. EXTREME AND SIMPLE
Reagan was able to win by a huge margin due to the desperate nature of most Americans hungry for change. As Trump’s showing in the polls demonstrates, people are once again fed up and desperate.
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Both men spoke with passion on all aspects of their beliefs and views. Once they’ve taken a stand on something, they loudly and vehemently defend it.
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11. IMMIGRANTS OUT
Trump created controversy by stating what, apparently, most were thinking when he made his outspoken comments about illegal immigration and the lack of border security. Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, which made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants. Both steps in the same direction.
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10. STRAIGHT SHOOTERS
Called The Great Communicator, Reagan was a gifted public speaker, no doubt learned from his film days. Trump, who is also adept at public speaking (gained from both business and television) doesn’t hide behind political correctness, causing large reactions both for and against him.
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9. THE GREAT FLIP FLOP
Both presidential candidates were originally registered as Democrat before running for President as Republican.
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8. TV STARDOM
Reagan and Trump are far from strangers to the small screen, having both appeared on TV shows in their time.
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7. SUCCEEDING DEMOCRATS
Reagan DID, and Trump wishes to succeed a very liberal Democrat. Barack Obama is even further to the left than Jimmy Carter was.
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6. ANTI-UNION STAND
Reagan notably fired thousands of air traffic controllers on strike. Trump publicly stated he was in agreement with Wisconsin’s governors steps towards reining in public workers’ unions.
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5. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
Although Trump believes he owns the rights to the slogan Make America Great Again, it was previously used by Reagan during his own campaign.
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4. LOWER TAXES
Reaganomics sought to spur economic growth by reducing taxes. Trump also outlined a number of tax reductions to ignite a growth in employment.
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Trump, who previously had been pro-choice, has taken a pro-life stance which aligns with Reagan’s staments in 1982 about whether or not a fetus was actually alive and what rights that gives them in utero.
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2. SECOND AMENDMENT
Firearm Owners Protection Act, which ended federal records-keeping on ammunition sales, was signed by Reagan during his time as President. Trump similarly believes in maintaining the Second Amendment because “the good people, the upstanding people, follow laws and norms, but the bad ones don’t.”
NEXT: 2 WIVES (OR 3?)
1. SECOND (OR THIRD?) TIME’S THE CHARM
President Trump would be the second U.S. President to be divorced, preceded only by Ronald Reagan who divorced Jane Wyman before marrying Nancy Davis in 1952. While Reagan married twice, Donald is on to his third wife.