President Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, attacked Donald Trump’s comments towards Hillary Clinton when he suggested his supporters use violence against the potential future president.
Davis wrote in a Facebook post, “I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie” in reference to the 1981 assassination attempt on her father. She called Trump’s comment “glib and horrifying.” She knows all too well the dangers and pain felt when a family member is attacked by a lunatic with a gun. She continued, “It was heard by your supporters, many of whom gleefully and angrily yell, “Lock her up!” at your rallies. It was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas.”
The elder child of Ronald Reagan, Ms. Davis joined the millions of individuals around the world who were horrified and shocked that Donald Trump would stoop so low as to suggest violence against a presidential candidate — something that no other candidate from a major party has ever suggested. Davis finished her Facebook rant:
Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter. But then you know that, which makes this all even more horrifying.
As it happens a federal judge issued an order for Reagan’s attacker to be released from a psychiatric hospital after he had spent the last 35 years of his life there under observation. Let’s hope he too was not inspired by Donald Trump’s terrible suggestion.