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High Standards: Trump suggests drug testing before next presidential debate

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been neck to neck this entire election. This weekend Trump announced that he thinks Hillary should take a drug test before their next debate, stating “I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate, because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, huff, take me down. She could barely reach her car.” (CNN)


From this accusation, various opinions have sprung. Trump and Clinton supporters alike believe that both should be tested – if any testing is to take place.


“I feel like if she takes one, he has to take one [because] it would only seem fair, but she should not be the only one taking it,” Xanthe Gurnicz, a high school student stated.


No official comment has been made regarding the proposed drug testing, but the question of a drug test has been opened for discussion.


“I don’t think it’s relevant right now, I think it’s just another diversion tactic from the issues and what’s important, but this is what this election is – a giant diversion that our political system is in dire straights. This election has been nothing but distractions,” Elizabeth Smyth, a teacher, stated.


Others believe that drug testing is very necessary in this day and age, with drug laws and issues in constant debate across the nation.


“I think nowadays drugs are an issue, even though they shouldn’t be, so I think a drug test might be needed for both candidates, [because] we don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors,” Xanthe Gurnicz said.


Some voters believe that a different form of testing should occur; one that analyzes the candidates’ core beliefs.


“It’s stupid. Completely stupid. He [Trump] needs to take a test of moral values – how to treat people: minorities, women, everybody,” Bernardo Vesga stated.


Any testing, drug or not, is open for debate in this election, as no political official has spoken out following Trump’s proposition. However, many voters agree that secrets have no place in the White House.
“I think they should just be really open with each other, and they’re going to represent the country, so no matter if you’re a Democrat, or Republican, or Independent you need to be very open. We need to know who we’re voting for,“ Michelle Robinett said.

Rebecca Alonso is living large during her senior year as Editor in Chief in the Polaris Press newspaper. Becca is ambitious, determined, resilient, fierce, protective, and would describe herself as the “cool aunt/cat lady” of the journalism family. She enjoys spending time with her friends and snuggling kittens, perfectly representing her warm personality. Out of her many interests, one of her major passions is journalism in media. She is the best person to go to for advice, and you can always trust her to give a helping hand.

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