A Rarity: Republican Addresses Democrats Doug Elmets to Trump: You're no Ronald Reagan By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jul 28, 2016 8:08 PM CDT 42 comments Comments Doug Elmets, former Reagan administration official, speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – A Republican made his way onto the speakers' roster Thursday night at the Democratic convention, but it soon became clear why. Former Reagan administration official Doug Elmets explained that he'll be voting Democratic for the first time in his life, and he used his own version of a now-famous political quote to do so, notes the Atlantic: "I knew Ronald Reagan. I worked with Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan.” He also said of Trump: "I shudder to think where he'll lead this great nation."