Trump Says Sobriety Is One Of His "Few Good Traits"

By Kelly Burch 10/05/18

The president went on to say that he would "be the world's worst” if he drank. 

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President Trump told reporters on Monday that his sobriety was one of his “few good traits.”

"I'm not a drinker. I can honestly say I've not had a beer in my life. That's one of my only good traits. I don't drink," Trump said, according to ABC News. "I've never had alcohol, you know, for whatever reason. Can you imagine if I had what a mess I'd be?”

The president went on to say that he would "be the world's worst” if he drank. 

Alcohol came up during the press conference in relation to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who has been in the spotlight for an alleged sexual assault that reportedly took place when he was drunk. During a congressional hearing he was open about the fact that he enjoys alcohol. "Yes, we drank beer. My friends and I, the boys and girls. Yes, we drank beer. I liked beer. Still like beer. We drank beer," Kavanaugh testified.

"I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer," Trump said. "He's had a little bit of difficulty. I mean, he talked about things that happened when he drank. This is not a man that said alcohol was absent.”

On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel picked up the comments on his late night talk show, saying it was alarming that anything about the potential Supreme Court Justice would surprise the president who is trying to appoint him. 

"After the Kavanaugh hearing last week, it was really hard to enjoy a beer this weekend," Kimmel said. "Imagine being so off the rails, you even surprised Donald Trump with something.”

"By the way, I feel like it's worth mentioning that this guy who has never had a drink in his life once had his own brand of vodka with his name on it,” Kimmel pointed out. “That’s kind of all you need to know about him.”

Trump’s brother died from complications of alcoholism at the age of 42, which is part of the reason why Trump doesn’t imbibe, the president has said in the past. 

"He was a great guy, a handsome person. He was the life of the party. He was a fantastic guy, but he got stuck on alcohol," Trump told People in 2015. "And it had a profound impact and ultimately [he] became an alcoholic and died of alcoholism.”

After seeing his brother’s struggle, Trump decided to stay away from booze. 

“I’ve known so many people that were so strong and so powerful [yet] they were unable to stop drinking,” he said. 

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.