Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ronald and Donald

Newspaper clipping the Tourneau and Antiquorum Famous Faces watch auction in 1999. Donald Trump buys Ronald Reagan's watch for $7000
In 1999, Donald Trump bought Ronald Reagan's watch for $7000 at the Tourneau and Antiquorum Famous Faces watch auction for charity. 
Trump, as he does, professed extreme adoration for the political figure, when beneficial.  
"I think Ronald Reagan was one of the great presidents, period, not just recently. I thought he had the demeanor. I thought he had the bearing. I thought he had the thought process." - Donald Trump
Trump claimed the adoration was mutual. The Reagan Library archives say otherwise and imply that Trump was not particularly adept at taking the hint
Trump and Reagan shake hands. Ronald Reagan quote backwater of America and racists. Ronald and Donald.
"You also had some very fine people on both sides." - Donald Trump 
Nancy was sent a written invitation from Donald to visit Mar-a-Lago, designed to be the "Southern White House". 
Nancy Reagan sent a written reply declining.  In a draft version, she included: 
"I am familiar with Mar-a-Lago," 
but removed the sentence from the final letter. 
Trump and Reagan shake hands. Ronald Reagan quote human rights. Ronald and Donald.

"Shit hole countries." - Donald Trump
Secondary to another pending Trump event, the White House Chief of Staff was asked to reach out to Trump directly, specifying: 
"He has a large ego and would be responsive to your call." 
Trump and Reagan at an award ceremony Ronald Reagan quote fulfill obligations to who through no fault of there own, have true need. Ronald and Donald.
Donald’s grandnephew was critically ill, having seizures and later developed cerebral palsy. After Fred Sr. died, Trump canceled his sister-in-law and her family's health insurance which was covered by the Trump organization.
Trump invited the Regans to several events including an award dinner where "Advanced word is that Mr. Trump will have some stimulatingly interesting comments to make during his talk at the dinner." 
Apparently, the invitations were declined. 
Trump and Reagan shake hands. Ronald Reagan quote Soviets are evil. Ronald and Donald.
"There are a lot of killers. Do you think our country is so innocent?" - Donald Trump 

After Trump visited Russia in the 80's, he offered to become Reagan’s nuclear arms control negotiator, believing he would obtain the best deals. 
Reagan did not accept.  
Trump's veneration for the Reagans proved transitory when a few years later he criticizing Ronald to generate publicity.  
Trump's newspaper ad taking aim at Reagan for publicity and book sales. Ronald and Donald.
In 1987, The Art of the Deal was released and Roger Stone advised Trump to generate publicity. 
Trump spent $100,000 taking out full-page ads in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post criticizing Regan's tough-guy, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!",
foreign policy for not being nearly tough-guy enough. 

"We don’t have tough people. We have nice people, but I’m tired of nice people, already. I mean, too much." - Donald Trump
Trump and Reagan shake hands. Ronald Reagan quote second oldest profession and oldest profession. Ronald and Donald.
However, he returned to Reagan branding when he assimilated Regan's 1980 campaign slogan "Let's Make America Great Again". 
Then, in a truly Trumpian act, he announced that he had copyrighted (he actually meant "trademarked") the slogan he had stolen.
Mike Pence meeting Ronald Reagan during a losing bid for Congress in 1988. Ronald and Donald.
"I said 'Mr. President . . . I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done to inspire my generation to believe in this country again.' . . . For the rest of my life, I’ll always believe that the 40th president of the United States of America blushed." - Mike Pence

Ronald Reagan / George H. W. Bush were 3,761 votes shy, in Minnesota, of winning every state in the 1984 Presidential Election.
Donald Trump / Mike Pence were not.
US presidential elections comparing electoral college and popular vote for Reagan in 1984, Trump in 2016, and Roosevelt 1936

A comparison of landslide Presidential elections.  
"We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College." - Donald Trump 
Trump International Hotel, in Washington, D.C., first day of business Sept. 12, 2016. "Pay Trump bribes here" projected by the artist Robin Bell on May 16, 2017
"Pay Trump bribes here" projected by the artist Robin Bell on May 16, 2017. Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.
"It is a magnet for unsophisticated foreign governments and companies to offer tribute."
Diplomats from Bahrain, Kuwait, and Azerbaijan have all booked large parties at the "no-longer-the-president's-property". Lobbyists for Saudi Arabia paid $270,000 to the Trump International Hotel while lobbying against legislation that would allow victims of terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments.
Ivana Trump, Donald J. Trump, John B. Connally and Richard M. Nixon in March 1989 at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Gala in Houston quotes by Trump and Nixon about illegal behavior.
"Like Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump has the honesty and the bluntness to confront the challenges facing the American people. . . and command the respect of the world." - Mike Pence
"My father would be appalled. I’m certainly appalled on behalf of my father and the Reagan family." - Michael Reagan  
All three of Reagan’s living children have criticized Trump and the comparison.

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