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Trump’s Rhetoric Has Changed Significantly Over the Years

by Josh Guckert

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has surprisingly become one of the front-runners for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016. When listening to his stump speeches, it is difficult to distinguish Trump from any of the other Republican contenders, as he has recently adopted many of the policies espoused by the rest of the Party. However, it wasn’t always this way. Here are Trump’s top ten flip-flops.

1. War on Drugs

In 1990, Trump took an extremely libertarian perspective on the War on Drugs, stating, “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”

However, he has apparently had a change of heart in recent years. At CPAC earlier this year, in an interview with Sean Hannity, he stated that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana was “bad,” saying that he “feel[s] strongly about that,” and that Colorado has “got a lot of problems going on right now.” He did concede however, that he is in favor of medical marijuana.

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About The Author

Josh Guckert
Associate Editor

Josh Guckert is a 25-year-old lawyer and has been a contributor to The Libertarian Republic since January 2015. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BA in Political Science with a History Minor in 2013 before earning his JD in 2016. During his time in law school, he served as the Editor in Chief of the Pittsburgh Tax Review and Editorial Coordinator for the JURIST legal news service. He was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. He is a 2013 graduate of Cato University, hosted by the Cato Institute. His largest areas of interest within the liberty movement include the protection of civil liberties and economic freedom. He is the former President of the Pitt chapter of Students for Rand and a former President of the Pitt Law chapter of the Federalist Society.