Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

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

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

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa, Fla.

For many, Trump's claim brought to mind reports of President George H.W. Bush expressing amazement upon seeing a supermarket scanner during his 1992 reelection campaign. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida GOP candidate teaches child to "build the wall" with blocks in new ad Should Dems play up Russian Federation in midterms? "'It's OK. We can take it, '" Trump said.

Trump has publicly threatened to shut down the federal government over his push to overhaul the nation's immigration system and fund his signature border wall, though officials say he has privately assured staff he wouldn't provoke a fiscal crisis before midterms.

During a freewheeling rally in Tampa, Trump was making the case for stricter voter identification laws, a cause that is broadly popular among his conservative base, when he made the false claim about grocery shopping.

"We may have to do some pretty drastic things, but we're gonna get it", he told the Florida crowd.

"These are people that don't care about stopping crime", he said.

"I'm not sure. I'm not sure why that matters, either", Ms Sanders said.

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Trump did plenty of boasting as well. He said America soon would be the world's largest energy producer, and noted last week's report that the economy grew at a 4.1 percent clip in the second quarter - "a number that everybody said was not reachable". Or at stores like Costco, where you need a membership.

Mr. Trump visited Florida to campaign for Rep. Ron DeSantis, who is running in the August 28 GOP primary for governor against former congressman and Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam.

But Pennsylvania - and especially the Rust Belt swaths of the state, including Luzerne County, where Wilkes-Barre sits - also occupies a special place in the Trump political imagination. Scott is running in a competitive race for the Senate against Democratic Sen.

"No good. Not nice", he said. And you know what our farmers are saying?

The president's visit will also include an economic round table with Gov. Rick Scott at Tampa Bay Technical High School. Bill Nelson and also backed Rep. Ron DeSantis in his candidacy to replace Scott in the governor's office.

In a Fox News appearance Wednesday, Putnam said that he remains the best candidate to help the administration achieve its agenda in Florida despite Trump's endorsement of his opponent.

Trump, who makes frequent trips to Florida and his private Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club, criticized Nelson's policies and claimed the only time he sees the senator is "five months before every election".

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