Patti Davis, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, says her father would be “appalled” by the current GOP’s field of 2016 presidential candidates.
Davis was interviewed on SiriusXM Progress by The Huffington Post’s Editor-at-Large of Gay Voices, Michelangelo Signorile and spoke of the growing problem of gun violence in America as well as the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Davis said that Nancy Reagan was “very happy” about the Supreme Court’s historic decision on marriage equality. In contrast, probably one of the most dramatic reactions to the ruling — Mike Huckabee doesn’t count — was from Ted Cruz who described it as “the very definition of tyranny.”
And we’ve heard all of their reactions and noted references to the ‘gay agenda’ as candidates imagine ‘militant gays’ marching down our streets to indoctrinate our youth.
Davis, a long-time liberal, noted Cruz invoking Reagan’s name while campaigning and during the debates.
“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,” she said. “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.”
The Huffington Post reports:
Her mother, Davis said, responded favorably to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and also appears to have a dim view of the current presidential candidates.
“She was very happy about that decision,” Davis said of her mother. “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,” she added.
Watch how many times Republican candidates invoked Reagan’s name during one of the GOP debates:
Davis also spoke of gun violence in America and the Republican opposition to any discussion on that. Reagan was shot in an attempted assassination by John Hinckley Jr. in 1981, and she noted that her father would not be able to imagine today’s gun violence.
“He came out for the Brady bill in, I think, it was 1991,” she said of the bill that mandated federal background checks. “I don’t think he’d ever be able to conceive what’s going on now,” Davis continued to say, adding, “the amount of gun violence or weaponry.”
Obama said in 2013, “A majority of Americans agree with” a ban on assault weapons…And by the way, so did Ronald Reagan.”
In 1991, Reagan penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled, “Why I’m for the Brady Bill.”
Reagan noted that the four lives that “changed forever” during the attempted assassination on his life “might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now — the Brady bill — had been law back in 1981.”
Republicans sure have changed a lot. Candidates today campaign on ‘more guns,’ repealing Obamacare and opposition to same-sex marriage and Conservative voters eat it up.
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