Who knows? Maybe he is more like Reagan than Romney, at least on the competence scale. Maybe on the crazy scale, too.
“If you look at Ronald Reagan, and he was a Democrat, he was actually, Don, he was a Democrat with a very liberal, or at least a pretty liberal bent, and he became a Republican with a somewhat conservative — I wouldn’t say very, but he was a conservative Republican,” Trump said.
And while the business mogul was quick to compare himself to the Gipper, Trump distanced himself from Romney, the failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee.
“When Mitt Romney ran, there was a tremendous – millions of people that are Republicans and conservative Republicans and evangelicals and people that I have a great relationship with, they sat home for some reason and they did not vote, you know that, and I’m talking about millions of people,” Trump said.
Trump also said that the Republican base was not “energized” under Romney, perhaps alluding to similar comments that he has made about primary rival Jeb Bush, whom he has often termed a “low-energy person.”
“Had they been energized and had they voted, you would have seen victory for Mitt Romney,” Trump said.
What Trump failed to note was St. Ronnie's reliance on the bigot vote. It wouldn't do for him to actually admit that he's using the very same strategy Reagan used to win over Carter.