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

01 August 2018

While championing the concept of voter ID to prevent noncitizen voting, President Trump told a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday that ID is required virtually everywhere else in America except at the voting booth-including, wrongly, when buying groceries, per the AP.

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.

Trump created the commission after claiming that at least 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election - enough to make up for Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote.

"In this country, the only time you don't need [an ID] is when you want to vote." he said.

Shoppers do need IDs to buy alcohol, some medicines and cigarettes. Scott is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen.

"My great friend, a tough, brilliant cookie. Name is Bill Nelson", Trump said Tuesday night.

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The station says the rally was meant to back two Florida Republicans before primary elections.

The president referred to his efforts to get Congress to approve more funding for a border wall, and the prospect of a partial government shutdown in the fall over the issue. "Trump thinks you need photo ID to buy groceries".

He predicted DeSantis will win against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 Republican primary.

While the reasons for the early arrivals are plentiful, many said they're there to show support for the president.

Trump, who has maintained a steady presence in the state, said the only time he sees Nelson is "five months before every election".

They also come as his administration considers more than doubling its planned tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese imports, ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to return to the negotiating table.