Ronald Reagan's son: My dad wouldn't support Trump

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Monday saw many of Donald Trump's fellow Republicans express their displeasure at his comments on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump holds can't make an impartial ruling in a lawsuit involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. Newt Gingrich called his attacks "inexcusable," and Paul Ryan said the comments are "based on reasoning I don't relate to." But the GOP frontrunner also received a rebuff from beyond the grave from one of the most important Republican figureheads of all time: Ronald Reagan.

Okay, so Reagan didn't actually manifest to dissuade voters from supporting Trump — instead his son, Michael Reagan, expressed his doubts about Trump via Twitter. "I will not be voting for Donald Trump tomorrow in the California primary," he announced. He went on:

Reagan was criticized, but he hit back at detractors. "No one in our family would vote for Trump tomorrow," he told one user. "He's an embarrassment." To another he said, "My father would be saying, 'I didn't leave the GOP; the GOP left me.'"

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Michael Reagan's comments are the latest in a long series of anti-Trump remarks; back in January, he told Newsmax that Ronald Reagan would've been "absolutely appalled" if Trump were to win the nomination and said he didn't understand the comparisons many draw between Trump and the late Reagan Sr. "If you look at what he has said and you look at what he's done over the years, it has nothing to do with conservatism," he said, referring to Trump.

Of course, there could be other factors at play in Michael Reagan's dismissal. In a 2004 interview Trump said that Nancy Reagan was "never very beautiful," which probably didn't endear him to her son.

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Cal State University Long Beach library dean and director Roman Kochan displays a signed photo of former President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan with former California Gov. George Deukmejian. The photo is among stacks of large boxes of files from Former California Gov. George Deukmejian. Gov. Deukmejian recently donated his official archives to Cal State Long Beach, moving the collection from Stanford. The move, which Deukmejian said had to do with his residence in Long Beach, is unusual since it is the last time a former governor has say over where his official papers can go. And its restrictions on access has raised some eyebrows among librarians. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Nancy Reagan attends Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Gala Honoring Bob Hope on May 29, 1997 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Peter Lund, Nancy Reagan and Sandy Weill attend Fifth Annual National Center on Addicition and Substance Abuse Gala on March 18, 1997 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Disease Benefit Gala on October 30, 1996 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Sophia Loren attend Valentine's Day Luncheon Honoring Sophia Loren on February 10, 1993 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend the opening night of 'Sunset Blvd' on December 9, 1993 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend American Television Awards on May 23, 1993 at the Barker Hanger at Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Children Institute International Benefit Fashion Show on February 14, 1992 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan attend Children Institute International Benefit Fashion Show on February 14, 1992 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Rosia Gorbachev attend 75th Anniversary Party for Forbes Magazine on May 11, 1992 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit on October 2, 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Fourth Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 10, 1992 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Third Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 5, 1991 at Pacific Palisades in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Second Annual Nancy Reagan Benefit Tennis Tournament on October 6, 1990 at Pacific Palisades in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Father's Day Party on June 17, 1990 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit on October 26, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan attend Warner Brothers Rededication Gala on June 2, 1990 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends Spirit of America Awards on December 13, 1990 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan sighted on October 5, 1990 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Nancy Reagan attends Cedars-Sinai Hospital Benefit on August 29, 1989 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nancy Reagan attends American Jewis Committee Awards Gala on November 4, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan attend Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Exhibition 'Vanity Fair - A Treasure Trove of the Costume Institute' on December 12, 1977 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L) embraces former US First Lady Nancy Reagan before the unveiling a statue of her husband, President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 2009 during ceremonies in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
NANCY REAGAN -- Pictured: First Lady Nancy Reagan, White House dog Lucky (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NANCY REAGAN -- Pictured: (center) First Lady Nancy Reagan (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: ABC NEWS - PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - 1981 Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: ABC NEWS - PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - 1981 Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, George H. W. Bush (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
DIFF'RENT STROKES-- 'The Reporter' Episode 22 -- Aired 3/19/83 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nancy Reagan as herself, Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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