Patti Davis, the daughter of former president Ronald Reagan, wrote in a new op-ed that her father would be “appalled and heartbroken” by President Trump‘s presidency and today’s GOP congress.
“He would be appalled and heartbroken at a Congress that refuses to stand up to a president who not only seems ignorant of the Constitution but who also attempts at every turn to dismantle and mock our system of checks and balances,” Davis wrote in The Washington Post ahead of the anniversary of her father’s death.
She said her father would call on Americans “to recognize that the caustic, destructive language emanating from our current president is sullying the dream that America once was.”
Davis also said her father would condemn Trump’s frequent attacks on the media.
“He didn’t always like the press — no president does — but the idea of relentlessly attacking the media as the enemy would never have occurred to him,” she wrote. “And if someone else had done so, he wouldn’t have tolerated it.”
She also criticized the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration.
“There is a difference between immigration laws and cruelty,” Davis wrote. “He believed in laws; he hated cruelty.”
The Hill added:
Trump has said that Reagan was his favorite president during his lifetime, and has shared old photos of him with Reagan.
Reagan died on June 5, 2004, after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.