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There is no analogy in U.S. history to compare to the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president. Perhaps Ronald Reagan in 1980 is the only case study for historians. What President Trump does going forward will define his legacy – not his past. As with Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump will be the oldest United States President ever. The implications of this were apparent in the final years of the Reagan Administration. Can you imagine an Access Hollywood exclusive about Melania Trump consulting Baba Vanga on how to handle The Donald? Try.
The Reagan comparison was sagely made by Frank Rich on June 1st of this year when he wrote, “All the empty boasts that have marked Trump’s successful pursuit of the Republican nomination, his affinity to Reagan may have the most validity and the most pertinence to 2016.” Unlike Reagan, however, Trump didn’t need to waste money on expensive advertising. He simply blurted out whatever came to his mind on Twitter.