The youngest daughter of President Ronald Reagan says her father would be "pretty horrified" by the current state of the nation and would plead to Americans to see through the "madness" of the Trump administration.
"He would plead with Americans to recognize that the caustic, destructive language emanating from our current president is sullying the dream that America once was. And in a time of increased tensions in the world, playing verbal Russian roulette is not leadership, its madness," Patti Davis writes in a column for The Washington Post.
"He would point to one of the pillars of our freedom — a free press — which sets us apart from dictatorships and countries ruled by despots. 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 …
"He would ask us to think about the Statue of Liberty and the light she holds for immigrants coming to America for a better life … There is a difference between immigration laws and cruelty. He believed in laws; he hated cruelty."
Reagan, the nation's 40th president who died in 2004, would have been 107-years-old on Tuesday.
Davis, author of "the Earth Breaks in Colors," said she misses "the dignity that he brought to the task of leading this country, the deep respect he had for our democracy, and now, after so much time has passed, I miss how much he loved America."
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