Ronald Reagan’s daughter, in a new op-ed, writes that her father would be “appalled” by President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE's presidency.
Patti Davis reflects on her father’s “love for America” in The Washington Post ahead of the anniversary of his death, and what he would think of the nation today.
“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.
She also 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.”
And Davis, who frequently criticized her father's policies, said Reagan would condemn Trump’s frequent attacks on the press.
“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 knocked Trump over his administration's crackdown on immigration.
"There is a difference between immigration laws and cruelty," Davis wrote. "He believed in laws; he hated cruelty."
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.