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Peggy Noonan Scolds Andrea Mitchell For Claiming Republicans “Appropriate” Reagan

In attempting to praise Ronald Reagan and his legacy, NBC‘s Andrea Mitchell ruffled the feathers of conservative columnist Peggy Noonan on Meet the Press when Mitchell claimed Republicans are “trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan for their own political purposes now.” Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter, immediately called Mitchell out and got her to clarify exactly what she meant.

Noonan responded, “Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan – Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him – he was a conservative.” Mitchell seemingly retracted her statement and instead suggested she was just talking about “some of the candidates and the Sarah Palin quotes – one wing of the party” who constantly invoke Reagan. Noonan offered Mitchell a lifeboat suggesting, “you mean some people are trying to claim him as a mantle?” to which Mitchell agreed.

Although Mitchell was clearly trying to speak positively about Reagan and his ability to compromise across party lines while still remaining authentic, her attempt to suggest that today’s Republicans were misusing Reagan’s legacy did not sit well with Noonan who won today’s word choice skirmish.

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