Ronald Reagan Knew Donald Trump Will Become US President, Real Or Hoax?

Ronald Reagan Knew Donald Trump Will Become US President, Real Or Hoax?
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A photograph of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former United States president Ronald Reagan shaking hands have been making noise for quite some time. Though the image being shared has the authentic stamp on it, the quote that accompanies it is reportedly not real.


“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president,” Ronald Reagan said according to the quote.

According to the Reagan Library, the now famous photograph was taken long back on November 3, 1987, at the White House. It was during a reception organised for the members of “Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies.”

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According to Snopes, no record of the former president making such a statement could be found, even though the image of the then president shaking hands with a younger Trump was found to be genuine.

The quote was only attached to the photograph on July 30, 2016, when it was shared on “Trump Train” Facebook page. The page was found to be frequently posting hoax stories on a previous investigation. The Washington Post followed through Reagan’s archives and discovered that he was not too close with the real estate magnate.

“At best, he would be confused by Donald Trump and the way he’s running the campaign. I don’t think he’d be appreciative of the demeaning style of Donald Trump — the way he’s treated the other candidates — because my father knew that at the end of the day he had to bring everyone together to win an election,” Reagan’s son Michael Reagan said.

Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, blasted Trump in response to his “glib and horrifying comment” on Second Amendment in a Facebook post.

“I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie,” the Facebook post began referring to the 1981 assassination of her father, as quoted the ABC. She said that Trump’s remarks would be 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.”

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  • Ted Seay

    Snopes completely whiffed on the photo ID — the photo in the meme is clearly NOT the photo Snopes claims it got from the Reagan Library…and Snopes had better hope no attribution for the quote turns up.