MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said early Thursday President Obama "channeled Ronald Reagan" during his speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Nicolle Wallace ā€” a former communications chief for President George W. Bush ā€” agreed with the "Morning Joe" host, saying Obama "brilliantly" took down the "gloom of Trumpism" by going after the vision of the Republican nominee instead of the man himself. She said the first lady was also effective in her speech Monday night.

"I think if you take the Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE speech and the President Obama speech last night, I do think the two of them tell a better story and one that resonates with more people of who we are," Wallace said.

Scarborough continued Wallace's thought as she finished her sentence.

"We [conservatives] have been optimistic. We have believed like Ronald Reagan that there is such [a] thing as American exceptionalism, that we are the 'shining city on the hill,'" argued Scarborough.

"But you have Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report ā€” After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE, who seems to be in league with Vladimir Putin, saying that this dictator who murders journalists, who murders political opponents, is a better leader than the president of the United States."

Wallace agreed that Trump "has a genuine affinity" for the Russian leader.

Other prominent Republican voices echoed Scarborough and Wallace's sentiment on Twitter.

Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE makes her acceptance speech tonight.