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 ObamaSouthern Poverty Law Center head announces resignation Michelle Obama on 'Becoming': 'Sasha still hasn't read it' Michelle Obama seeks volunteers for local campaigns: There are 'no "off" years' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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 ClintonPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Here's why Biden, Bernie and Beto are peaking The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings MORE makes her acceptance speech tonight.