Ron Reagan Jr.: My father is 'fetish object for the far right' 

In a new interview with the BBC, Ron Reagan, Jr., son of the late president, called his father "a fetish object for the far right."  Expanding on his point, the younger Reagan calls President Ronald Reagan "sort of the rubber bustier of the far right."

Reagan Jr.'s remarks came when the BBC's Matt Frei asked him, "Are you happy the way [Ronald Reagan] is remembered in this country, especially by the conservatives?"

"Oh, I just think it's inevitable," Reagan Jr. responded.  "Who else are they going to remember that way?  Richard Nixon?  I don't think so.  Warren Harding?  Maybe.  But he is a fetish object for the far right, he's sort of the rubber bustier of the far right -- you know, they all have to go and touch him, as it were."

Elsewhere in the interview, Reagan Jr. spoke of his father's deep belief in the American Dream.  Asked if he believed as deeply, the younger Reagan said no.  "Do you think it's an overused cliché?" Frei asked.  "Yes," Reagan responded. 

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