Reagan was pooh-poohed as just an actor and Trump a joke. There are those who have gone as far as to insulting and denigrating Trump's supporters.
The Israeli Left tried that a few decades ago and has never recovered its subsequent losses. They called Likud supporters "riff-raff." That's no way to win friends (voters) and influence people (voters, again.)
In a CNN interview Thursday, Paul dismissed the real-estate magnate's rise as a brief "loss of sanity.""I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity. But we're going to come back our senses and look for somebody serious to lead the country at some point," he said. (Business Insider)
I connect Reagan with the term "silent majority," but it was actually Richard Nixon, who had never been popular with the press who used the term politically in 1969. Reagan actually did use it in his campaigns, too. And I see that today it is the very wealthy and successful businessman Donald Trump who has caught the attention of the silent majority, those who do not control the mainstream media.
As I've mentioned before on this blog, after experiencing the presidency, Reagan was known to have said that couldn't understand why people denigrated his acting experience claiming that it didn't qualify him for the Presidency of the United States, while he couldn't understand how someone without acting skills could be president.
To counter those who think that a real estate developer mogul's skills and experience disqualify him for the presidency makes no sense to me. Donald Trump's experience in finance and administration are far superior to that of a long-time, experienced politician. And he certainly knows more of how to rule and fix the world than a "community organizer" like Obama.
There's still more than a year before the next American Presidential Elections, and a lot can happen until then. But I certainly wouldn't write out Trump and hope that the Republican Party doesn't do any of their "dirty tricks" to keep the nomination away from him.
In the meantime the polls put him ahead.