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Need ID to buy groceries? Trump makes claim at Florida rally

August 2, 2018

Shoppers push carts through the grocery department at a Wal-Mart in Chicago on Nov. 25, 2015. (Bloomberg photo by Daniel Acker)

There’s no need to grab your photo ID before you head out to get groceries.

President Donald trump told supporters at a Florida rally on Tuesday night that Americans needed to have such an ID to buy groceries, as he railed against the idea of noncitizens voting.

He was advocating for voter ID requirements when he claimed the only time people don’t need ID is when they want to vote.

“If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture,” he said.

It’s unclear when the president last purchased groceries or anything else himself.

Trump had been railing against the idea of allowing noncitizens to vote, saying, “Only American citizens should vote in American elections.”

Retail transactions in the United States rarely require ID.Shoppers paying with a check or card may have to produce ID, although this is largely at the discretion of the store.

Buying tobacco or alcohol will promptan ID check if the shopper appears visibly below certain age thresholds. But neither of those items meet the definition of groceries.

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