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]
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If Elected, Just How Would a "President Trump" Approach Changes to US Drug Policies?