Did President Donald Trump Say You Need An ID To Buy Groceries

On Tuesday President Donald Trump claimed that you need an ID to buy groceries in regards to stricter voter laws

  • Trump was speaking at a rally in Tampa for gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis

  • The comment has many wondering if this statement shows how disconnected Trump is from normal American life

  • Recently Kris Kobach’s strict voter ID law was determined to be unconstitutional in U.S. District Court

  • Republican’s have claimed non-citizens are causing widespread voter fraud but have yet to show any evidence supporting the claim

  • The ACLU believes the push for strict voter laws is to deter minorities from voting

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump was in Tampa, Florida speaking at a rally in support of gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is running against Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the August 28 Republican gubernatorial primary.

I’d like to introduce a true leader, a proud veteran, my great friend, a tough, brilliant cookie – true, he’s tough, he’s smart and he loves Florida and he loves our country and he’s going to be your next governor – Ron DeSantis.

It was during this rally that Trump made a very confusing and untrue claim. As Trump was pushing for DeSantis, he also touched on the subject of stronger voter ID laws. During his push for stronger voter laws, Trump claimed you need a photo ID to buy groceries.

You know if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.

Liam Martin tweeted out Trump’s statement in a video. The short video has had over 125,000 views in the few hours it has been up. The caption with the video reminded Twitter users you do not need an ID to buy groceries.

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.)

Across the country, voter rights groups claim stricter voter ID laws are an attempt to discourage minority communities from turning out to vote. Republicans — with the help of Kansas’ Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach — have pushed for stricter voter ID laws under the guise of preventing voter fraud.

For years Kobach has claimed that widespread voter fraud is occurring through votes from illegal immigrants. The problem is, Kobach has failed to provide any substantial evidence to back his claim. Shortly after Kobach became Secretary of State he implemented a strict law that forced Kansas residents to prove their citizenship before they were able to register to vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in 2016 claiming roughly 35,000 Kansans were not able to vote because of the new law. The ACLU is one of the groups that argues the strict law is aimed at deterring minorities — who may be more likely to vote for Democrats — from voting.

U.S. District Judge Julie A. Robinson sided with the ACLU when she determined Kobach’s law was unconstitutional. Kobach was held in contempt of court and fined $1,000 for lying to a magistrate judge about documents. Robinson ordered Kobach to six hours of legal education classes for “repeated and flagrant violations of discovery and disclosure rules.”

Kobach used alleged voter fraud cases he claimed to be just “the tip of the iceberg”. Robinson ended up deciding Kobach’s claims of an iceberg was more than likely an “icicle” caused by “confusion and administrative error”.

This trial was his opportunity to produce credible evidence of that iceberg, but he failed to do so. Instead, the Court draws the more obvious conclusion that there is no iceberg; only an icicle, largely created by confusion and administrative error.

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