US president Donald Trump has been mercilessly trolled online after he claimed Americans need to show photo ID in order to buy groceries.
The US leader, 72, was branded an “idiot” and “out of touch” following the gaffe, which he made while speaking at a Make America Great Again rally in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday.
Making a case for stronger voter ID laws, he said: “We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections, which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID.
“You know, 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.”
Photo ID is required for proof of age when purchasing alcohol and cigarettes in America, as it is in many countries, but not when purchasing general groceries, leaving many voters wondering whether the 45th President of the United States has ever set foot in a supermarket.
One user said: “You need an ID to buy groceries? How out of touch can you be? How much does a loaf of bread cost Trump? Do you know?”
Another wrote: “We all know he doesn’t know anything about groceries I’m sure he’s never bought his own. Always had his mom cooking then his wife’s and ordered takeout. He has no idea about the “average” American people and how to buy groceries!! Why is he STILL our president??”
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.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) August 1, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to defend her boss’ statement on Wednesday. Speaking during a White House press conference, she said: “If you go to a grocery store and you buy beer or wine, you’re certainly going to show your ID.
“He’s not saying every time he went in. He said, ‘When you go to the grocery store.’ I’m pretty sure that everybody in here who’s been to a grocery store that’s purchased beer or wine has probably had to show their ID. If they didn’t, then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”