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. He was trying to tell supporters that tighter laws would stop people who aren't USA citizens from voting, and in his argument added that people need IDs for most other things.
"If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID", Trump said at the event at the Florida State Fairgrounds. "You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture", Trump said.
Shoppers do need IDs to buy alcohol, some medicines and cigarettes.
The president is set to trumpet his endorsement of Republican candidate for governor, Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has been a staunch defender of the president against the Mueller probe looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The president accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and Brett Kavanaugh, who he chose as a Supreme Court nominee. The president also was stumping for two-term Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is campaigning to defeat Democratic Sen.
Trump then turned his attention to Abraham Lincoln, announcing that he's long said he "can be more presidential than any president in history, except for maybe Abe Lincoln with the big hat".
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Just a few months ago, DeSantis was way behind in the polls, but is now enjoying a lead, and in some polls, is leading over opponent and current AG Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Trump has threatened to shut down the federal government over his push to overhaul the nation's immigration system and pau for his promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. Bill Nelson in one of the most high-profile races of this midterm election and polls indicate a close contest.
Florida, where Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club rises amid manicured greens and gently curved palm trees, is something of a second home for the president, who has dubbed his membership-only retreat "the Winter White House".
"I appreciate your support, Mr. President, but I appreciate even more the leadership you're showing for our great country", DeSantis said as he appeared onstage with Trump. Trump had been railing against the idea of allowing noncitizens to vote, saying, "Only American citizens should vote in American elections". 'The time has come for voter ID, ' Trump said Tuesday night at a rally in Tampa, Fla., which earned him a roar of approval and sustained applause from the crowd.
"It's insane", he added, "but we're turning it around".