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.

The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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