On January 20, when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, he will be the first president in 24 years to have never used an illegal drug. Trump has long said he has never even touched alcohol or cigarettes in his lifetime.
This claim would mean that he is drastically different than the last three men in office. Clinton, Bush, and Obama all either admitted drug use or refused to deny the possibility of it.
Despite that younger voters support legalized marijuana, anyone born after January 20, 1993 has never experienced a president pure of drugs.
Before you shrug that statement off it’s important to understand his reasoning. It’s not what you would imagine…
Hard Enough Without Making It Worse
“If you don’t drink and you don’t do drugs, your children…are going to have a tremendously enhanced chance of really being successful and having a good life,” said Donald Trump in New Hampshire, 2015.
Trump went on to discuss how tough and competitive the world is without the disadvantage of using drugs. In order to urge sobriety to his listeners, Trump also said that drug users would have a “tremendous disadvantage” and may not recover.
Part of Donald Trump’s motivation came from his deceased brother, who died due to alcoholism.
No Drugs, No Alcohol, No Cigarettes
Barack Obama admitted using both marijuana and cocaine in his younger days. In regards to “inhaling marijuana,” Obama said that inhaling “was the point,” which played on Clinton’s claim to not inhaling marijuana.
Likewise, George W. Bush also admitted to having a drinking problem in his youth and he was often accused of also doing cocaine. Bush occasionally denied these accusations because he didn’t want kids to try what he did in his past.
As for Trump, he will continue to say “No drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes” to his children. Something he’s been telling them since before they knew what these things were or what they could do.
Who would you rather your children emulated? Why not the first drug-free president in 24 years?