As suggested here, it’s awkward when a child of a household-name Republican openly and aggressively urges voters to cast their ballots for the Democrats. It’s also as if that close proximity and all those years of acquaintance have resulted in some perception of Dad’s character that might be, shall we say, unsavory?
The case with the Giulianis is reminiscent of the scene 40 years ago with Ronald Reagan.
Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis was active in the anti-nuclear movement before her father was elected president, and continued her activism through his term, stirring controversy and creating strife in the family. She’s sharply critical of the Republican Party, which she has never been affiliated with.
The president’s son Ron Reagan wrote an essay “The Case Against George W. Bush” for Esquire in 2004. He voted for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. Reagan endorsed then-senator Barack Obama of Illinois for president in the 2008 presidential election. In November 2015, Reagan endorsed Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries.
In 2020, Reagan stated that his father would’ve opposed Donald Trump, remarking to The Daily Beast that his “father would have been ashamed of this Republican Party,” as well as “been embarrassed and ashamed that a president of the United States was as incompetent and traitorous as the man occupying the White House now.”
Again, awkward times.