This is what Trump said when trying to make the case for voter identification cards: “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."
Clearly, Trump hasn’t bought groceries in a very long time, if ever.
Trying perhaps to clean up Trump’s error, Sanders pointed out that people have to show an ID to buy beer and wine.
But that’s not what Trump said. He specifically said people have to present ID to buy “groceries.”
“From coast to coast, food-seeking scofflaws were turned away from supermarkets, convenience stores and fruit markets as they tried to circumvent the nation’s long-standing grocery I.D. laws,” wrote comedian Andy Borowitz in a satirical article for the New Yorker.
As Borowitz imagines it (in an actual fake news story) a supermarket cashier quipped: “It’s always, ‘Oh, I left my food I.D. in my other pants,’ or some B.S. like that. Believe me, I’ve heard it all.”
Of course, Twitter had some fun with Trump’s fake fact about grocery shopping.
John Dean, who served as White House counsel under President Richard M. Nixon, made an interesting observation on Twitter.
In 2007, during his presidential campaign, Rudolph W. Giuliani was totally off the mark about the cost of some food basics, points out The Post’s Maura Judkis.
At the time, Giuliani said a gallon of milk was about $1.50 and a loaf of bread about $1.25 or $1.30.
But a check of a supermarket in Manhattan found a gallon of milk was $4.19 and a loaf of white bread $2.99 to $3.39.
In all seriousness, it’s troubling to me how out of touch Trump’s comment was. He’s responsible for shaping economic policies that affect people who are not rich. And we’ve been reminded again just how ill-informed he is about how regular folks live.
That’s annoying. What’s alarming is that he supports policies that could adversely affect the less fortunate.
Trump “will argue, of course, that his economic policies have been an unalloyed good for the American worker,” wrote The Post’s Philip Bump. “… But his track record doesn’t quite match that rhetoric.”
Take the recent tax legislation for example.
“The tax cuts were pitched as ‘rocket fuel’ for the economy, spiking job creation and wage growth,” Bump said. “Neither has happened. Real earnings — wage increases relative to inflation — are flat over the past year.
" … Where the cuts have been effective is where critics suggested they would be. Corporate executives are getting massive payouts from companies that are flush with cash that once would have gone to pay taxes. Half a trillion dollars has been spent by companies to buy back stocks, passing those tax cuts back to shareholders. Those shareholders are heavily concentrated among the richest Americans."
And about Trump’s trade wars, Bump writes: “Trump’s other economic moves are introducing other uncertainties for lower-wage Americans. The tariffs imposed by his administration have had the desired effect of destabilizing international trade agreements, but the effect for a lot of U.S. companies is increased costs and, in some cases, layoffs."
So, you see, Trump’s grocery store ID gaffe isn’t really that funny.
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