Reagan Historian: Donald Trump Is No Ronald Reagan

Is Donald Trump another Reagan? This primary season some pundits and people have said as much, comparing their backgrounds in entertainment and status as outsiders. But one Reagan historian begs to differ. Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Monday to discuss why he felt compelled to set the record straight on the comparison between Reagan and Trump.

"There's a piece done maybe about a year ago which listed 15 alleged similarities between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. And when I got that, Glenn, I just groaned," Kengor said. "They were superficial similarities at best."

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What's causing people to make the comparison in the first place? Glenn suggested many people like Trump because of his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

"I don't know if people really believe that he's cut from the same cloth, meaning his policies. I think people mean that he's finally somebody who really loves America and loves a strong military and, you know, all that stuff," Glenn said.

Kengor echoed Glenn's sentiments, noting that Trump's slogan is nearly an exact replica of Reagan's 1980 campaign slogan, "Let's Make America Great Again."

Urged by people to discredit the comparison with his vast knowledge of Ronald Reagan, Kengor struggled with the notion.

"And really, Glenn, for me, I thought, 'I don't know where to start writing something like this.' Because as far as I'm concerned, there aren't two men who are more different," Kengor said. "I suppose I could find a couple of policy issues where they seem to agree. But when it comes to intellectually, ideologically, and I would say emotionally, temperamentally, you know, they're completely different, to the point where I would say that Donald Trump is really the anti-Reagan."

Kengor's hesitancy subsided and he wrote an article for American Thinker titled, "Trump Is the Anti-Reagan." Additionally, he has started a new column at the Conservative Review to address the topic.

"I read an article of yours this morning, the second editorial on this in Conservative Review, and you said there were 15 things that you wrote about in your book. Fifteen markings of what a conservative is to Ronald Reagan. I read the quote from Ronald Reagan that you just put in here, about what a conservative is --- night and day difference answer between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump --- but that is the best definition of a conservative I've ever read," Glenn said.

Reagan said that the heart of American conservatism is "the common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women working out their lives, in their own way.

Kengor then gave Glenn what he called "the money line" from Reagan's remarks:

Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from the willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before. The principles of conservatism are sound because they're based on what men and women have discovered through experience, in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind."

Paul Kengor is the author of six books on Ronald Reagan and other titles, including The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. His latest book is Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.

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Featured Image: An unearthed photo of a young Donald Trump shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan, courtesy of Newsmax.

There is no transparency when it comes to the Biden administration, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's recent exchange with the FBI’s Jill Sanborn is just another example. When questioned about alleged involvement the FBI had on January 6, 2021, Sanborn refused to answer almost every single time.

Do our government officials still work for us? Take a look at the latest headlines: The DOJ and U.S. Army are preparing for possible conflicts with "domestic terrorists," Biden's education secretary allegedly requested the NSBA letter that suggested treating upset parents like domestic terrorists, and President Biden said if you're not with him on the Democrats' voting bills, then you're with the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the FBI won't tell Congress whether it was involved in the the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the corporate media insists that there's nothing to see here, especially concerning Ray Epps.

The American people are concerned, and it’s "extraordinarily disturbing" how far the federal government goes to avoid answering our questions, Glenn Beck said on the radio program. There's a very odd growing trend here: Our leaders, including the unelected ones, no longer answer to the people. This must stop now.

"The question that I have is, where is the transparency? And is anyone going to be held accountable? They are not afraid of our senators. They are not afraid of Congress," he stated. "This has got to stop. They have got to answer to the law. This is an oversight committee. Who is in charge, the FBI or the people? Once the people are not in charge and are not allowed to see the secret documents, we are toast. Toast!"

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Have you ever wondered why so many insane things are happening simultaneously RIGHT NOW? Big corporations are going woke. The stock market got red-hot during a FORCED recession. Stores like Walmart and Target were allowed to stay open during the lockdown, but mom-and-pop stores on Main Street had to close, some of them forever.

On Wednesday's "GlennTV" special, Glenn Beck explains it all in this sneak-peek episode — a primer to his new book and the upcoming explosive, in-depth special: “The Great Reset: Joe Biden & the Rise of 21st-Century Fascism.” Co-author Justin Haskins joins along with Glenn’s head writer and researcher, Jason Buttrill, to answer audience questions about a topic that the media has tried to censor and “fact-check.” You will be equipped with everything you need to know about what the global elites of the world have planned for the transformation of society and YOUR life.

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After new information came out that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci intimidated and bribed scientists into dismissing the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, Sen. Rand Paul and Fauci got into a heated debate in a Senate hearing. But instead of providing answers, Fauci accused Sen. Paul of endangering him.

Sen. Paul joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Wednesday with his response and explained why he believes "people live in fear of what [Fauci] will do to them."

"It's all about money. If you cross Tony Fauci, you don't get your money. He controls the purse strings for the entire country, the entire university system. And he's been doing it for forty years," Sen. Paul began.

"It's consistent with his arrogance, this level of arrogance that he's developed. He said several weeks ago, that he is science and any attack on him is an attack on science. Yesterday, he said anybody who opposes him is encouraging death threats," he added.

"Look, I've been on the receiving end of semi-automatic gunfire. I was 20 yards away from Steve Scalise when he almost died. I was 10 feet away from a staffer that was shot. And, you know what? The guy doing the shooting was a Bernie Sanders supporter. But not one of us, not one of the Republicans on the ball field, said, 'Oh, it was Bernie Sanders' fault.' But that's the juvenile level of personal attack that Fauci is now stooping to. He is saying that the personal threats he gets are actually the fault of his critics."

Sen. Paul continued, "But the thing is, [Fauci] needs to answer the question. Everything he did in the committee yesterday was misdirection so he didn't have to answer the question. The question was, why did he smear three scientists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard? Why did he smear them as fringe epidemiologists? And why did he conspire against Francis Collins to take them down in a very public way? He wouldn't answer the question."

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Over the past year, an increasing number of voices on the left have pushed for radical changes to our way of life, from reforming capitalism to enacting strict vaccine mandates. But are the American people behind these changes? A recent poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen sought to find out, and the results are startling. The three-part poll asked likely voters for their thoughts on the Great Reset (half said they don't know what that is), COVID-19 authoritarianism, and whether they prefer former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden.

The Heartland Institute's Justin Haskins joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to break down the results of this exclusive poll, including the disturbing revelation that roughly half of Democrats polled supported shockingly authoritarian COVID-19 policies. For example, nearly half of Democrats polled said they think federal or state governments should require unvaccinated people to live in "designated areas or facilitates," or essentially camps. Nearly half of Democrats supported a proposal "to fine or imprison individuals" just for questioning the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. And, when asked if people who refuse to get vaccinated should lose custody of their children, 20% of Democrats answered "yes."

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