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REVEALED: Reagan White House constantly brushed off Trump and his ‘large ego’

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Donald Trump tried on several occasions to court influence with Ronald Reagan during his presidency, only to be rebuffed, the Washington Post reported.

According to records in the Reagan presidential library, the current presumptive GOP presidential nominee invited Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan to both his Atlantic City casino for a Latoya Jackson concert and his Florida property, Mar-a-Lago — which he said was designed as a “southern White House.” The First Lady reportedly crossed out the line, “I am familiar with Mar-a-Lago” in her response declining the latter invitation.

Trump also contacted the then-president in 1987 encouraging him to name Paula Hawkins, a former GOP senator from Florida, as Secretary of Transportation. Instead, Reagan picked Jim Burnley, who would go on to serve until 1989.

But according to the library’s archives, the real estate magnate and reality TV star was also exploring a presidential run as early as that same year, when he flew to New Hampshire and spent around $100,000 on full-page newspaper advertisements criticizing Reagan’s foreign policy by saying, “There’s nothing wrong with America’s Foreign Defense Policy that a little backbone can’t cure.”

The ads also contained statements that closely resemble his current campaign rhetoric.

“The world is laughing at America’s politicians as we protect ships we don’t own, carrying oil we don’t need, destined for allies who won’t help,” they stated. “Let’s not let our great country be laughed at anymore.”

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At another point that year, Trump was close enough to headlining a major Democratic fundraiser in New York City that the administration’s political director, Frank J. Donatelli, contacted Chief of Staff Howard Baker.

“It would be most helpful if you would place a phone call to Don Trump today,” Donatelli wrote in a memo to Baker. “He has a large ego and would be responsive to your call.”

The word “large” was reportedly underlined for emphasis on the memo. According to the archives, Trump did not join the event.

Donatelli, the current chair of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors, told the Post this week that despite Republican insistences to the contrary, Trump and Reagan “couldn’t be more different.”

Reagan was a small government conservative with definite and long-held public policy views,” said Donatelli, a former Republican National Committee deputy chair. Mr. Trump’s views seem far more impressionistic. Most important, Reagan’s good humor and optimism gave the public reassurance that he could and would effectively manage the vast powers of the presidency. That’s a test that every presidential candidate has to pass.”

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Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy is familiar: Troll the libs!

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Late on Tuesday, I got an email from an unusual source. A reporter for the conservative publication the Washington Examiner asked if I'd be interested in sharing thoughts on Joe Biden's history of joking "about 'locking up your daughters'" and on "Biden's view of women and gender relations." This was in light of my previous criticisms of Biden's apparent condescension towards girls and women, and his pockmarked history on gender relations in general.

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Cory Booker rips Biden for praising racist senators: ‘You don’t joke about calling black men boys’

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) blasted Joe Biden for praising two segregationist senators he'd served with as a lawmaker.

The former vice president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner reminisced about his relationship with Mississippi Democrat James Eastland and Georgia Democrat Herman Talmadge, two notoriously racist senators during the Civil Rights era, reported The Hill.

“At least there was some civility, we got things done," Biden said, recalling that Eastland had never called him "boy." "We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done, we got it finished."

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Most Republican voters admit to feeling ‘embarrassed’ and ‘exhausted’ by Trump’s comments

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Some diehard supporters of President Donald Trump have asserted that they admire the fact that he is so unapologetic about his rhetoric and his actions. But according to a new Pew Research survey, most Republican or Republican-leaning voters admit that they sometimes feel “embarrassed” or “concerned” about things that Trump says.

According to Pew, 53% of Republican or Republican-leaning voters say they sometimes feel “embarrassed” by Trump’s comments — while 59% are sometimes “concerned” by them. Some of the adjectives Pew ran by GOP or GOP-leaning voters were even stronger, including “angry,” “exhausted” and “frightened.”

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