President Donald Trump told a crowd in Florida on Tuesday night that buying groceries requires an identification card.
Trump made the comment while pushing for voter ID laws at a rally in Tampa to support Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in the state’s gubernatorial race. The president touched on a number of his regular talking points, including unemployment rates and tariffs, before talking about voter fraud.
Trump claimed Democrats were attempting to give undocumented immigrants the right to vote.
“Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else,” Trump told the crowd. “You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.”
President Trump, at his rally in Tampa, is pushing for voter ID laws and said you need to show an ID to buy groceries.(You don't need ID to buy groceries.) pic.twitter.com/7WAs05R4dz
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) July 31, 2018
There is no evidence that noncitizen voting is a widespread problem, despite Trump’s claims. Pressed in court earlier this year to offer evidence of widespread noncitizen voting in Kansas, experts whose work Trump has relied on were only able to point to a handful of cases.
To be clear, American citizens do not need a picture ID to buy basic groceries. There are some federal and state regulations that prohibit the sale of alcohol or certain over-the-counter medications without identification, but that does not extend to basic food or cleaning products.
Social media users remarked on Trump’s assertion as “out of touch” and wondered when the billionaire last bought his own groceries.
You need an ID to buy groceries? How out of touch can you be? How much does a loaf of bread cost Trump? Do you know?
— Gayla (@gayla5son) August 1, 2018
— Devon Schwab (@DevonInSpace) August 1, 2018
Trump says you need photo ID to buy groceries in the U.S. That's more out of touch than George H.W. Bush's grocery scanner.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) July 31, 2018
Trump discussed trade deals and immigration before the Tampa crowd using much of his typical rhetoric.
He once again used the term “globalist,” which is often used in xenophobic and anti-Semitic contexts, to refer to lobbyists fighting against his tariffs. Trump also went after Democrats for their views on immigration, including calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Trump ended the rally by boasting about the “impact” of his endorsements. He remarked on Brian Kemp’s primary win in Georgia last week in a contentious Republican runoff for governor after he endorsed Kemp.
This story has been updated with information on noncitizen voting.