This many startle some Republicans but the similarities between President Reagan and Donald Trump are quite clear.
First, while Reagan came onto the national stage as a handsome actor, Trump, too, became widely known across the United States and around the world through television, as the bombastic and straight-talker of his reality show “The Apprentice.”
Secondly, Reagan was known as “The Great Communicator”, which he said responded to by saying, “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things.” Fair enough. But I think that when people look back at Trump’s White House run, regardless of whether or not he wins the Presidency in November, many people, not just conservatives, will be able to say that he communicated grande ideas to the public in a way that resonated. Maybe people won’t say Trump was a great communicator, but many will say, win or lose, that he communicated great things.
Thirdly, Reagan appeared as the authority figure and wanted the U.S. to come back to taking control of global affairs. During the Iran Hostage crisis, President Carter was seen as weak. Similarity?
Clearly Mr. Trump has portrayed both President Obama and Secretary Clinton as weak, as being apologetic and too ‘politically correct.’ Much like how Reagan used the term “Evil Empire” to describe the USSR, Trump has used the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” to show an emboldened America, a nation once again not afraid to be strong and aggressive.
Reagan’s slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” With Trump, all you have to do is replace “Let’s”.