Tampa: Is it any surprise that the man who lived in a gilded penthouse does not know how grocery stores work? That is why, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, US President Donald Trump-related voter ID laws to grocery shopping, reports said on Thursday.
If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. The time has come for voter ID like everything else. It’s crazy. But we’re turning it around.
The President, addressing thousands of supporters in one of the nation’s top electoral battlegrounds in Florida, was railing against the idea of non-citizens voting and advocating stricter voting laws when he claimed that “IDs are required for everything else, including shopping”.
The comment came as Trump waded into Florida Republican politics, picking sides as he embraced Republican Ron DeSantis in a competitive primary for governor and backed the Senate campaign of his longtime ally, Governor Rick Scott.
“We have to make sure Rick Scott wins and wins big. It is time to vote Bill Nelson out of the office,” the US President also told the crowd.
‘Not sure when Prez last went to a shop’
- Photo IDs are required for certain purchases, such as alcohol, cigarettes or cold medicine. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about when the billionaire President last bought groceries or anything else himself.
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was ‘not sure’ when Trump last went to a grocery store, and added that she was not sure it mattered, either. She later said that the comment was in reference to ‘purchasing alcohol’.
- However, Trump did not mention alcohol in his remarks and had claimed that he does not drink it, and has never smoked a cigarette.
The ‘grocery trap’ for politicians
- In 1992, President George HW Bush, who had ‘lived the cloistered life of a top US bureaucrat for decades’, according to reports, was described as being amazed by an electronic grocery scanner, technology that had been in use for more than a decade – though his team later clarified that he had been impressed by a particular scanner that could read torn bar-codes.
- During his 2007 presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani underestimated the cost of milk and bread by more than half. And even politicians who go into the store can be criticised for shopping at the wrong one, or buying the wrong thing. In a famous gaffe, then-candidate Barack Obama posed a question at an Iowa rally, ‘Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.’ There were no Whole Foods stores in Iowa at the time!