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Trump Says You Need ID To Buy Groceries In The US. You Do Not.

The US president was making the case for introducing voter ID during a speech at a rally in Tampa, Florida.

Posted on August 1, 2018, at 6:06 a.m. ET

Have you ever been asked for ID when buying groceries? Probably not, because this is not a thing that happens.

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Well, not according to US President Donald Trump, who seems to think being asked to produce your license when you want to buy a loaf of bread is NBD.

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"If you go out and you want to buy groceries you need a picture or a card — you need ID," Trump said during a rally in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.

Trump says you need a photo ID to buy groceries.

Trump was making the case for introducing compulsory voter ID to ensure that those voting in elections can prove they are eligible to do so.

"American citizens should vote in American elections, which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID," he said.

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While Trump is heavily in favor of introducing compulsory ID checks for citizens voting in elections, there is concern among activists that these measures could suppress turnout, particularly among low-income voters.

For many, Trump's strange suggestion that ID is required when shopping for food shows that he's more than a little out of touch.

Trump moments ago: "The time has come for voter ID... if you go out and want to buy groceries, you need ID." This is why billionaire idiots shouldn't be President. We need someone to represent us who has at least has bought their own groceries in the last 3 decades.

In Florida tonight, Trump says you need photo ID to buy groceries. Seriously. You can’t make this insanity up.

Trump: "If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID." This man has never bought a carton of milk in his life, has he?

TFW all you want is Doritos but you can't for the life of you remember where you left your passport.

I was gonna buy some groceries, but realized that I had forgotten my ID. I told the cashier I’d have to put everything back. He asked “why?” And I told him, “#Trump said we need ID to buy groceries.” He said, “that’s not true.” So I yelled “#FAKENEWS”, in all caps, and ran away.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.