The Republican presidential candidates adore former President Ronald Reagan, even name-dropping him multiple times during last week’s presidential debates at his library. But Stephen Colbert is more than prepared to put Reagan’s not-so-modern-Republican side on full display.
As Colbert reminded Monday night’s Late Show guest, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Reagan raised taxes and supported what Cruz would call an “amnesty” program for undocumented immigrants. Colbert pointed out to Cruz, a self-proclaimed Reagan fanboy, that these facts would bar Reagan from getting the GOP nomination today.
While Cruz focused more on the more GOP-friendly aspects of Reagan’s legacy—mainly that he also lowered taxes—Colbert tried to get him to answer one question: Would he, like his hero, be willing to compromise if his tax plans didn’t work?
Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube