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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Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss the Left's current efforts to rid the U.S. military of "extremism," Democrats' push to separate President Joe Biden from the nuclear codes, and how conservatives can use government to battle the far-left, their policies, and their efforts to control Americans.

Crenshaw called the military's efforts to rid their ranks of extremism, "so obviously and clearly politically motivated," as the entire premise is based on reports that some active service members and veterans participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Mathematically, that's not a good indication of where active duty military stand or where veterans stand more broadly," Crenshaw said of the generalization that military personnel are extremists. "And I thought we were against that kind of profiling. Right? I thought that was against the liberal values that supposedly the Left stands for."

"But, Glenn, you know very well the Left is not liberal," he added. "The Left is very anti-liberal. And I think as conservatives, we have to say that more often. They have become genuinely authoritarian. Progressivism is not in sync with liberalism. All right? There's a big difference between an Alan Dershowitz liberal and a Democrat Party progressive. They're totally different."

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Glenn Beck: THIS is why Biden nominated Merrick Garland as attorney general

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Many will remember President Biden's attorney general nominee Merrick Garland as the man Republicans refused to hold a Supreme Court confirmation hearing for back in 2016. So, was Garland's AG nomination just meant to be a slap in the face to Republicans? Glenn Beck thinks there's a lot more to it.

Given how focused Democrats are on rooting out vaguely defined "right-wing extremism," Garland's work in supervising the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing suspects gives us a hint, Glenn suggested on radio this week. He said he's "all for" stopping dangerous extremists, but couldn't help noticing how Garland isn't talking about any of the destruction that happened over the summer.

"I am all for justice. I am all for making sure we catch the bad guys, as long as the bad guys are not defined to be on only one side," Glenn said. "Merrick Garland said [Monday] that there was no comparison between what happened on January 6th and what happened over the summer. That is because the Washington elites see themselves as better than somebody who owns a taco stand. I don't. The Constitution doesn't. They are the same crime."

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"All rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference," said holy anointed billionaire Bill Gates. Green activism has been around for decades. But what used to be wacky has now worked its way into the world's power structure. You must believe the science. You cannot question the science.

The Texas power failure provided America with a disturbing and deadly preview of the Great Reset. But Bill Gates, AOC, and other Democrats say this only proves we need to enforce MORE green policies.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck reveals how deep the Great Reset tentacles reach into government and business to strangle freedom and their efforts to control every aspect of your private life.

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Why are we letting criminals out of prison while putting pastors in? Pastor James Coates of Canada's GraceLife Church was recently fined, arrested, and put in maximum security prison for violating lockdown rules.

Rebel News founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to discuss the story. Ezra said he's noticed a trend of government officials "picking on" Christians as "lockdownism" becomes almost a new kind of religion, and warned this might be just the start of more persecution to come.

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