White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday defended President Trump’s claim that American shoppers are required to show ID when purchasing groceries.
ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked Sanders at Wednesday’s press briefing if she knew the last time Trump visited a grocery store.
“I’m not sure. I’m not sure why that matters, either,” Sanders said.
Several reporters noted that Trump claimed at a Tuesday night rally that grocery stores require shoppers to show identification as part of his argument for toughening voter ID laws.
“You go to the grocery store, I go to the grocery store, I’ve never had to show ID,” Vega said.
“Certainly if you go to a grocery store and you buy beer and wine you’re certainly going to show your ID,” Sanders responded.
Reporters noted that the president has said he does not drink alcohol.
“He’s not saying every time he went in, he said when you go to the grocery store,” Sanders retorted.
“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,” she continued. “If they didn’t then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”
White House Press Sec. Sanders gives the example of needing an ID to buy alcohol when asked about President Trump’s comment that people need an ID to buy “groceries.” pic.twitter.com/Ms6Xt9WDJ4
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 1, 2018
“You know if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida in support of Rep. Ron DeSantis’s (R-Fla.) gubernatorial bid. “You need ID.”
“You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture,” he continued. “In this country the only time you don’t need it, in many cases, is when you want to vote.”
Trump says you need a photo ID to buy groceries. pic.twitter.com/B4Nd0S645M
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 1, 2018