Even for the most loyal party members, some things cross the line.
That became glaringly obvious on Monday when Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, spoke out against Donald Trump's incendiary comments toward Hillary Clinton.
Trump had made headlines earlier this week for questioning whether secretary Clinton was loyal to her husband and former president Bill Clinton.
"Hillary Clinton's only loyalty is to her financial contributors and to herself. I don't even think she's loyal to Bill, if you want to know the truth," Trump, the Republican nominee for president, told a crowd at a rally in Pennsylvania. "And really, folks, why should she be, why should she be."
Reagan, whose father is possibly the most respected 20th-century Republican figure, responded to the comments on Monday. "No way do I or would my father support this garbage," he wrote on Twitter.
"If this is where he is going," Reagan continued, "I cannot follow him. I can hear my father saying, 'I didn't leave the Party, the Party left me.' If the RNC supports this, I can't support the RNC. It's time for Priebus to take a stand."
The tweets are a break from Republican party loyalists, many of whom continue to outwardly support Trump despite egregiously disrespectful comments he's made about women, veterans, Muslims, Latinos and African Americans. In one tweet, he even directly challenged Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to stand up to Trump.
Ironically, the tweetstorm came the same day Trump's campaign offered prints of a famous painting of Reagan to their supporters. Even Trump's marquee slogan "Make American Great Again" is nearly identical to the famous pins Reagan used during his campaign, which read "Let's Make America Great Again."
This is not Trump's first time invoking the indiscretions of former president Clinton. In fact, on the debate stage last week, Trump threatened to talk about Clinton's extramarital affairs but said he wouldn't because Chelsea, the Clintons' daughter, was in the crowd.
Thankfully, Reagan — a prominent voice in the Republican party — made it clear that these kinds of comments have no place in politics.
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