Promoting voter ID, Trump says ID needed to buy groceries

Arturo Kim
August 3, 2018

However, the biggest talker of the night was the president's gaffe as he pushed for tougher voter ID laws, claiming you even need ID to buy groceries.

Trump's call for voter ID laws rests on the false claim that there is rampant voter fraud during elections. He was trying to tell supporters that tighter laws would stop people who aren't US citizens from voting, and in his argument added that people need IDs for most other things.

"You know, I live a lot of time in Florida", Trump said. "You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture".

On the social media platform Twitter, the immediate reaction to Trump's comments ranged from bewilderment to ridicule - with many, including the CNN reporter who covered the rally, Jim Acosta, noting that photo ID is not required to purchase groceries in the United States.

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"Which is why the time has come for voter I.D., like everything else".

While Time magazine reports there are certain stores that ask to see identification when someone pays with a credit card, there are no known requirements for purchasing groceries.

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