2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Tougher on drug dealers to end scourge of opioids
[My border security] reforms will support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid and drug addiction. In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers
if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.
My Administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult--but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.
Source: 2018 State of the Union address
, Jan 30, 2018
Stop drugs pouring into country & poisoning our youth
We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross--and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. [Now], our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop. And our neglected
inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.
To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime. I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and
Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.
We will stop the drugs from pouring into our country and
Apply resources to stop the inflow of opioids into America
Q: How would your administration address the growing opioid problem?
TRUMP: We first should stop the inflow of opioids into the United States. We can do that and we will in the Trump administration. As this is a national problem that costs
America billions of dollars in productivity, we should apply the resources necessary to mitigate this problem. Dollars invested in taking care of this problem will be more than paid for with recovered lives and productivity that adds to the wealth and
health of the nation.
CLINTON: I have proposed a $10 billion initiative, and laid out a series of goals to help communities across the country. We need to expand the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant and support new
federal-state partnerships targeting prevention, treatment, recovery, and other areas of reform. Finally, we must prioritize rehabilitation and treatment over prison for low-level and non-violent offenders.
Agrees with Hillary on cautious approach to legalizing pot
Crime and drugs issues clearly illustrate the four differing political viewpoints from the four candidates:
Jill Stein (Green) focuses on "Black Lives Matter" as systematic racism in the criminal justice system.
Hillary Clinton (Democrat)
learned to say the same phrases when pushed by Bernie Sanders but somehow still maintains her pro-death stance.
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) is well to the left of Hillary on crime issues, with a libertarian distrust of police authority.
Trump supports both the death penalty and "Blue Lives Matter."
On drug issues, Gov. Johnson agrees with Jill Stein with hard-core anti-drug-war and pro-marijuana-legalization stances. Hillary and Trump actually agree on these issues,
sharing a cautious take-it-slow approach to legalizing marijuana and winding down the War on Drugs. For hard-core drug warriors, none of these four will do; those voters will have to turn to the Constitution Party this election cycle.
Brother died of alcoholism; so Donald never touched alcohol
For Mr. Trump, a presidential candidate whose appeal is predicated on an aura of toughness, personal achievement and perpetual success, the story of his brother Freddy, a handsome, gregarious and self-destructive figure who died as an alcoholic in 1981
at the age of 43, is bleak and seldom told.
In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Trump said he had learned by watching his brother how bad choices could drag down even those who seemed destined to rise. Seeing his brother suffering led him to avoid
ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he said.
In the upwardly mobile Trump family, Donald was the second and favorite son. Freddy was the disappointment, who lacked the killer instinct and drifted so far from his father's ambitions that his children were
largely cut out of the patriarch's will.
Asked whether Freddy's experience in the family business, which friends described as miserable, contributed to the drinking that ultimately killed him, Mr. Trump said: "I hope not. I hope not."
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.
Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide state by state
In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state. Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.
And of course you have Colorado. There's a question as to how it's all working out there, you know? That's not going exactly trouble-free.
Source: Washington Post 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls
, Oct 29, 2015
1990: Drug enforcement is a joke; 2015: only medical pot
The GOP front-runner's position has changed over the years. In 1990, he was quoted in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as saying that US drug enforcement efforts were "a joke" and that drugs should be legalized to "take the profit away from these drug czars."
Fast-forward 25 years and now Trump is opposed to legalization. "I say it's bad," he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in June, in response to a question about
Colorado's legal weed. "Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think [recreational marijuana] it's bad. And I feel strongly about that." But what about states' rights? "If they vote for it, they vote for it.
But they've got a lot of problems going on right now, in Colorado. Some big problems. But I think medical marijuana, 100 percent."
[In 1991], Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to tell a congressional committee that he thought they should raise taxes on the rich. Reagan tax cuts should be abandoned, he said; a top rate of 50% or 60% would be better for the country.
Coupled with a previous statement suggesting that illicit drugs should be decriminalized, Trump's tax comments placed him left of center on the political spectrum, but they gained him little press coverage.
Source: Never Enough, by Michael D'Antonio, p. 222
, Sep 22, 2015
Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education
Trump argued in 1990 that the only way to win the War on Drugs was to legalize drugs and use the tax revenue to fund drug education programs.
As he put it, "You have to take the profit away from these drug czars." In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, he stated that he'd never tried drugs "of any kind."
Source: Tim Murphy in Mother Jones magazine
, Apr 20, 2011
Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs
Donald Trump's Brother's Death and How it Affected His Life: He has had some hard life lessons like when his brother died from extreme alcoholism. He told Donald Trump repeatedly not to drink or smoke.
Trump lived by those words because his brother had taught him so much, and he had looked up to him. To this day, he has never drank alcohol, smoked or done drugs. Perhaps, that is what makes Donald Trump who he is, unwavering discipline.
Source: Piers Morgan interview by Georgina Bourdeau
, Feb 9, 2011
Gave second chance to Miss USA who got caught with drugs
Recently, Miss USA, Tara Conner, broke pageant rules by using drugs and alcohol in excess publicly in New York City. I do not tolerate or condone that kind of out-of-control behavior in someone representing Miss USA. I do believe in giving second chances
I set up a meeting with her, and I had every intention of stripping her of her title. After talking to her, I realized the right thing to do in her case was to pardon her and give her a second chance.
As you may know, this decision caused a media frenzy.
Tara is willing to learn from her mistake and not let it happen again. I decided it was better to give her a second chance than to destroy her career and ruin her chances in life.
She finished her reign and continues to support the goals of Miss USA completely.
She agreed to go to rehab and is now doing fine. She thanked me for "saving her life."