AP FACT CHECK: Trump may not have grocery shopped recently
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is justifying his call for voter ID cards by saying photo identification is already a universal requirement in the marketplace. As anyone who frequents a grocery store knows, it’s not.
A look at his comments on the subject Tuesday and his press secretary’s attempt to explain them Wednesday:
TRUMP: “We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections, which is why the time has come for voter ID like everything else. If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID. You go out, you want to buy anything, you need ID, you need your picture.” – remarks Tuesday at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
THE FACTS: No photo is required to purchase items at retail stores with cash or to make routine purchases with credit or debit cards.
Identifications are required to purchase limited items such as alcohol, cigarettes or cold medicine and in rapidly declining situations in which a customer opts to pay with a personal check.
According to the National Grocers Association’s most recent data, the use of checks as a percentage of total transactions dropped from 33 percent in 2000 to 6 percent in 2015, due in part to the popularity of debit cards, which use PIN codes. The group’s members are independent food retailers, family-owned or privately held, both large and small.