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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    It looks increasingly as though Donald Trump will become the Republican candidate. And some reputable analysts then favor him to become president. It’s enough to keep anyone awake at night. So what would a Trump presidency look like from the standpoint of drug policy?

    Donald Trump has never consumed alcohol or taken drugs in his life. “Just like the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, Donald Trump does not drink alcohol. But, unlike President Bush, Trump never drank alcohol.” This may be due to his older brother’s early death due to alcoholism.

    Trump furthermore says that his three adult children have never drunk alcohol or taken drugs—he wouldn’t let them.“Trump claims he has never had an alcoholic drink or a cigarette in his life, and encourages his kids to avoid alcohol and cigarettes. When people ask Ivanka why she never went to wild parties there’s a simple explanation: ‘I think the difference is we wouldn’t be allowed to. [It’s] really as simple as that.’ ‘It’s not an option for us,’ agreed Donald Jr.”

    Trump says that building a big wall along the Mexican border will prevent drugs “flooding into” the US. He’s wrong about this, of course. He also plans to rely on a militaristic, police model to round up undocumented Latinos, going door to door to extricate them from their homes.

    Trump was at one time for drug legalization; he now opposes it. As with abortion et al., Trump seems eager to backtrack on liberal positions he once took. What is unique about Trump is how he backdates his current positions. Remember, he calls Ted Cruz a liar and threatened to sue him for saying that Trump has ever backed abortion rights—a position he earlier took in videotaped interviews. Here is how Trump deals currently with drug legalization, demonstrating that he has moved in precisely the opposite direction to many politicians:

    Q: A lot of talk about addiction on the campaign trail lately, especially up in New Hampshire. You used to think that legalization, taking the profit out, would solve that problem. What changed your mind?

    TRUMP: Well, I did not think about it, I said it’s something that should be studied and maybe should continue to be studied. But it’s not something I’d be willing to do right now. I think it’s something that I’ve always said maybe it has to be looked at because we do such a poor job of policing. We don’t want to build walls. We don’t want to do anything. And if you’re not going to want to do the policing, you’re going to have to start thinking about other alternatives. But it’s not something that I would want to do. [My italics. Source: ABC This Week, Nov. 8 interview by Martha Raddatz .][/INDENT] Second, let’s think...g-us-drug-policy/[/url] [I]Newshawk Crew[/I]

    About Author

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. perro-salchicha614
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    Are those quotes in the "nightmarish scenarios" section real or did the author of the article come up with them? If it's the latter, then this seems like some pretty deceptive fear-mongering.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    Authors all have a point of view, and this is his. If you have questions on what he is basing his opinions, please click on the blue-highlighted links that will lead you to the numerous articles to which he refers throughout the the article.

    If you have further questions on the viewpoint given in this story, you'd have to ask the author directly.
  3. perro-salchicha614
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    I'm just saying that someone with poor reading skills could misinterpret what the author's written really easily and get whipped up over what technically amounts to conjecture. I'm not defending Trump, as there are clearly other candidates who are much better-informed in regard to drug-related issues.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    Are you suggesting the story inappropriate for our news section? Personally, I think your argument could be made about most any number of stories and thread subjects on this or any other site. If we only put up news that people with poor reading skills could properly evaluate, we'd be running Weekly Reader copy, which doesn't seem the correct approach, don't you think?

    I think we're all grown up enough to know how to evaluate what we read, but your opinion is appreciated nonetheless.
  5. perro-salchicha614
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    All I'm saying is that (intentional or not), the article isn't clearly written. Many people would assume that anything in quotation marks is an actual quote from the person being discussed in the article. I was under the impression that we were allowed to (respectfully) criticize articles posted in this section. That's all.
  6. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    You are more than welcome to criticize whatever articles you'd like. Enjoy.
  7. Damocles
    Re: If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Polici

    Don't believe a word of what Trump says. His record and documented statements constantly have him in a state of contradiction.

    I also highly doubt Trump has never had any alcoholic beverages.

    Be responsible...
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