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A "man of the people," indeed

Kate Welsh
August 01, 2018

"You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID," President Trump said to a crowd of supporters in Florida yesterday. "You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture."

As just about anyone who has ever been shopping for groceries knows, you do not need an ID to pick up a bag of baby spinach, ground beef, or some O.J. That would be crazy. Of course, Twitter exploded.

However, the reason that Trump was using this (extremely bad) example at all was perhaps even crazier. Trump has been on a rampage to fix what he calls a "rigged" election system, wherein non-U.S. citizens are allowed to vote illegally. He has claimed that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election and even established a commission to investigate shortly after taking office. The commission dissolved in January 2018 after much criticism and absolutely no evidence to back up these claims.

"We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections, which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else," Trump continued. 

For a "man of the people," he certainly doesn't seem to get out much. 


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