Donald Trump has always been notorious for his unique and colorful language, but since taking office as the president of the United States, his choice of words has ignited even more conversations and controversies. More specifically, his language when talking about addiction and the War on Drugs has pulled some of the craziest and most talked about Trump quotes.
Back in 1990, Trump called the the United States’ drug enforcement policy a joke, “We’re losing badly the war on drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.” Now, his views on the War on Drugs has since changed as Trump’s administration takes measures to stop legalization while incarcerating more offenders, “I am tough on crime.” Trump hopes to spread this message that drugs are bad, “So if we can keep them from going on—and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: ‘No good, really bad for you in every way.’ But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.” This approach is very reminiscent of Nancy Reagan’s naive and ineffective “Just Say No” policy, which didn’t do much to help stop the drug problem. Hopefully legalization will continue to move forward in helping a number of people and patients.