President Donald Trump said you need to have an ID to buy groceries. You don't.

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Trump’s belief you need an ID to buy groceries becomes a meme

He was pushing his support for voter ID laws.


Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 1, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:43 am CDT

President Donald Trump told a crowd in Florida on Tuesday night that you need a photo identification to buy groceries, reasoning Trump gave in support of voter ID laws.

The internet quickly reminded the president that no, you don’t need an ID when you are buying groceries.

Trump made the remarks during a rally to support Ron DeSantis, a Republican running for governor in Florida, just days after the candidate published an unabashedly pro-Trump ad where he taught his children how to “build that wall” with blocks and used The Art of the Deal as a bedtime story.

At first, the president spoke about voter IDs.

“We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections,” he said. “Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID.”

The Trump pivoted to what he apparently thought was a very apt example:

“You know, if you want to go out and you want to buy groceries you need a picture on a card, you need ID,” Trump said. “You go out and you want to buy anything, you need I.D. And you need your picture. In this country, the only time you don’t need it, in many cases, is when you want to vote for a president, when you want to vote for a senator, when you want to vote for a governor or a congressman. It’s crazy.”

To be fair, to purchase alcohol and sometimes certain over-the-counter medications requires an ID. Or at stores like Costco, where you need a membership. However, you don’t need any identification to buy everyday items.

Trump’s odd assertion that you need an ID to buy groceries was quickly mocked.

Next time you get your milk, eggs, and bread, don’t forget to flash your ID.


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*First Published: Aug 1, 2018, 8:11 am CDT