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Ronald Reagan's daughter minces no words about the current GOP field: My father "would be so appalled at these candidates"

"If another Ronald Reagan came along right now," she said, "I don't think the GOP would support him"


Scott Eric Kaufman
December 22, 2015 8:10PM (UTC)

Patti Davis, the daughter of conservative fetish object and former actual human being Ronald Reagan, said on SiriusXM Progress that her father would find the gun violence in America today both unimaginable and intolerable.

Davis has never been shy about differing from her father on matters of policy, and was openly estranged from him while he was in office -- but that doesn't mean she didn't know him, or can brook the invocations of his name in support of extreme positions she doesn't believe he'd weather.

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"He came out for the Brady bill in, I think, it was 1991," she said. "I don’t think he’d ever be able to conceive what’s going on now -- the amount of gun violence or weaponry."

When asked about Ted Cruz's obsession with her father, Davis said that "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. If another Ronald Reagan came along right now, I don’t think the Republican Party would accept him."

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As for her mother, Davis said that she "was very happy" about the Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, but that she tries not to talk to her about politics too often.

"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."

Listen to the entire interview below via SiriusXM Progress.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

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