Ronald Reagan was a President cherished by conservative patriots everywhere and widely considered the last great true conservative to serve as president. His unwavering love for the United States of America was touching and inspiring to all citizens, and his legacy is one that persists even today. He was unexpected, taking the world by storm and reinstating a sense of pride in American culture after the degrading presidency of Jimmy Carter. In this article, we’ll take a look at 8 of those similarities and answer the question… Is Donald Trump the next Ronald Reagan?
History repeats itself and history may be repeating itself in the form of President Donald Trump. While only one year into his first term, President Trump is a leader that no one expected, and as his time campaigning for and now serving in office has continued, we are seeing more and more parallels between President Trump and Ronald Reagan.
#1- Is Donald Trump the Next Ronald Reagan?
From the very beginning of each of their campaigns for the Presidential office, media and culture alike laughed them off as buffoons, easily defeated, and not even close to being threats as “serious” candidates. Establishment critics insisted on the impossibility of Reagan winning the presidential election and were proved completely wrong when he did just that.
When Donald Trump announced his plans to run for President of the United States, he was met with the uproarious laughter of the left, the frenzied hate and fire of the Democrats, and the scorn of even the platform Republican party.
Both Reagan and Trump overcame all odds, stunning the left and right alike, and claiming major victories for the conservative cause of the American people.
#2- Washington Outsiders
Although Ronald Reagan was elected as Governor of California twice, he never served any office in Washington DC before his Presidency. His background as an actor was the foundation for many to scorn his capabilities as a politician, and his inexperience was expected to be a major setback. But it wasn’t.
Donald Trump never served in any political office whatsoever before his Presidency, working instead in real estate development and reality TV. The examples of both Reagan and Trump prove to the world that a political background isn’t necessary to resonate with hardworking patriotic Americans, to breakthrough the slog of political resistance from the opposition party AND his own party, to win the election, and to be a great President.
#3 Refusal To Conform To Political Correctness
Reagan was called “The Great Communicator” not because he sugar-coated his messages with political correctness, but because he delivered them with honesty and passion from the heart. Reagan understood what the average citizen was feeling about high taxes, inflation and cold war dynamics brought on by Jimmy Carter and his disastrous economic and foreign policies. Trump is famous (or infamous) for his bluntness and refusal to abide by politically correct terms. It seems that the more bombastic and politically incorrect Trump’s messages (and Tweets), and the subsequent outrage of the progressive left and mainstream media were, the more he resonated with Americans who are sick and tired of being marginalized and shamed for holding to conservative truths by the left. Both of them delivered their honest messages to the American people without facade or unnecessary decoration, and both are treasured in American hearts for that very reason.
#4 Pro-Life Beliefs
“Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” -Ronald Reagan, 1982
“I am pro-life.” -Donald Trump, 2011
Although Donald Trump had a pro-abortion standpoint in previous years, he changed it after learning about how abortion procedures really operate. During an interview on CBN in 2011, he tells the story of a friend whose wife was pregnant and they didn’t want the baby. The friend and his wife didn’t have an abortion, and the baby became “the apple of his eye.” Trump explained how the story affected him, saying, “And you know here’s a baby that wasn’t going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life.”
#5 Both Were Originally Democrats
Ronald Reagan supported democrat Dwight D Eisenhower in his campaign for President in 1952. It would be another 10 years before Reagan switched political parties, stating, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the party left me.”
Donald Trump changed parties multiple times throughout his life, going from Republican, to Independent, to Democrat, to Republican, to Independent, and to Republican again. Both men harbored very conservative opinions during campaigning and serving, sticking to grounded morals and often referencing the God who grants liberty to all men.
#6 TV stars
Ronald Reagan was the host of General Electric Theater in the 1950’s, and Death Valley Days in the 1960’s. With a strong Hollywood background and his regular TV appearances, Reagan was well known for anything but politics. Similarly, President Trump was the host and founder of The Apprentice, and it’s spinoff show, Celebrity Apprentice.
#8 Opposition Of Illegal Immigration
In 1986 Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, enacting a law that made it illegal to knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
President Donald Trump made waves in the political world by declaring that he wanted to build a wall along the Mexican boarder, making his stand on illegal immigration very clear. Both Reagan and Trump welcomed legally immigrating citizens into the United States, knowing that America is a great melting pot of people from every corner of the world. Both, however, displayed awareness and alarm over the risks and dangers that come with illegal immigration.
“When Mexico is sending its people, they’re not sending their best.” President Trump stated in a speech during June of 2015. He made it very clear that he wants immigration to continue, but in the right way, admitting people who will truly cherish America the way it’s citizens should.
#7 Genuine American Passion
During his service as President, Barak Obama and his family showed little to no pride or passion for the American culture they were elected to lead. Michelle Obama even admitted that she had never been proud of her country until her husband’s inauguration. Through both terms as President, Obama led with apologies and shame for what our forefathers have spent their lives to build.
Trump has declared no more. Instituting an America First policy, he speaks with appreciation and love for the nation we call home, making it his first priority- as every President should. Such an intense respect and pride in America was displayed by Ronald Reagan in every possible opportunity he had. Reagan’s own son, Michael Reagan, condoned Trump and claimed the he speaks with the same passion his father had. A deep and genuine love for the United States of America ought to be the first requirement of a good President, and this love was held in the hearts of Reagan and Trump, without question.
These are just a few of the many parallels between President Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. Their love for America, their unwavering loyalty to her prosperity, their backgrounds, all add up to a very similar image. The question remains- Is Donald Trump the next Ronald Reagan? With 3 years left to President Trump’s term in office, that remains to be seen. There are still many challenges ahead of him and all of America.
The love our President Trump shows to his country, however, makes a very strong case in convincing us that he very likely is, America’s next Ronald Reagan.