Ronald Reagan, who served as the 44th president of the United States, said Wednesday that “this is the wrong time to become a Republican.”
He made the comments during an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and he also addressed the recent election results.
“This is not the time to say that I’m going to be running again,” he said.
“I’m going with the momentum, and I’m confident in my record of service and accomplishments.”
The 74-year-old former president made the remarks during a wide-ranging discussion with host Rachel Maddows, who asked whether the current political climate would prompt him to step down from his post.
Reagan said he has been “out there doing the right things,” including being the “lone voice” in the fight against terrorism and a strong advocate for a strong border wall.
He also said the current administration “has done a lot of things that have been really damaging to the country,” but he said it is “important” to remember the work of past administrations.
Reid said that in the current circumstances, it is important to remember that Republicans “took a lot from the Democratic Party.”
“I’ve had a lot more friends in the Republican Party than I have in the Democratic party, but I think we’re still very much a party of the people, not the elite,” he added.
“The elite is the ones who got us here,” Reagan said.
The former president, who died in 2009, served as a Republican presidential candidate in 1976 and 1980 and then in 1988.
In his interview with Maddows on MSNBC, he said that the election results on Tuesday showed that the Republican party had been defeated.
He said the party should have “more confidence in the strength of the Republican candidate than in the ability of the Democratic candidate.”
The former President, who led the Republican ticket for most of his time in the White House, said he “had a lot to do with the party getting reelected.”
Reagan also discussed the “viral” spread of the word that his son, Anthony Michael Hall, had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Hall, who was diagnosed with the disease in February, was one of the two speakers who delivered a blistering critique of the president’s handling of the investigation into the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
In a video statement, the family of the slain DNC staffer also expressed “serious concerns” that “there was no independent investigation of Seth’s death.”
The White House released a statement in which the president “reiterated his unwavering commitment to ensuring the highest standards of conduct in government.”
Reid’s remarks come after Trump has attacked the former president in recent days.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, “It is not OK to threaten or intimidate anyone, especially our country’s First Amendment rights.”
Reynolds’ remarks came in response to a question from MSNBC’s Maddow about the possibility of the White.
He continued, “I think it’s a shame that the media, as usual, is being so politicized.
I think it goes back to the same old talking points, which are ‘He’s racist,’ ‘He has no credibility.’
They’re all talking about how stupid we are.”
Reinhold is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C.