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Fox News anchor Bret Baier says Reagan ‘might have a challenge’ today

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fox News anchor Bret Baier — who made sure to say he is on during the “news” rather than the “opinion” portion of the day — said he believes Republican hero Ronald Reagan might face some challenges in today’s GOP.

“Would Republicans today embrace Ronald Reagan?” Kimmel asked. “I know we look at him as this wonderful, mythical creature. Do you think the real Ronald Reagan today would go over?”

“That’s a really interesting question,” Baier responded. “I mean, he might have a challenge in a primary.”

Kimmel asked the question after reading a 1961 quote of Reagan’s that would have automatically excluded him from today’s Republican Party: “Any person in the United States who requires medical attention and cannot provide for himself should have it provided for him.”

Baier went on to describe something Reagan and President Trump have in common — besides their fondness for massive tax cuts for the wealthy. “He was not exactly welcomed in Washington,” Baier said of Reagan. “He was an outsider …  considered kind of a bomb thrower during that time. If you translate to this time, it’s a lot different.”

“No, he would not be considered a bomb thrower,” Kimmel said. “He’d barely even be a thrower.”

Baier said a plaque Reagan had on his desk in the Oval Office indicated that he and our current president couldn’t be more different. According to Baier, it read, “There’s no limit to what a man can do or where he can do it, as long as he doesn’t care who gets the credit.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 on ABC. Watch clips and full episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live for free on Yahoo View.

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