President Donald Trump declared at a Tuesday rally in Florida, “If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.” Cue the Leftmedia fact-check freak out. Headlines across the nation reacted similarly to the Chicago Tribune’s, which read, “Trump at rally makes false claim on photo IDs for groceries.” But if you buy, for instance, a six-pack of beer with your groceries, Trump is spot on. Intentionally missing the point of Trump’s broadly accurate remarks, the mainstream media saw an opportunity to dismiss outright Trump’s clear message: The best and most practical way to defend the integrity of U.S. elections is through voter ID laws.
In context, Trump’s full statements were aimed at the very common experience of every American when making a purchase — they are asked to produce a photo ID. Here is the full context of what Trump said:
In some states, Democrats are even trying to give illegal immigrants the right to vote. They want to give them the right to vote. And what about all those people that are waiting in line for seven, eight, nine, 10 years, trying to get into our country? They don’t have the right to vote.
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. In this country, the only time you don’t need it, in many cases, is when you want to vote for a president, when you want to vote for a senator, when you want to vote for a governor or a congressman.
It’s crazy. It’s crazy.
Democrats and the Leftmedia have been sounding the alarm over threats to the integrity of our nation’s elections ever since Trump
won the presidency “colluded with Russia to steal the election.” Specifically, they point to Russian meddling that involved posting disinformation on social media sites and hacking Hillary Clinton’s and the DNC’s emails, neither of which was proven to have changed a single vote. And yet for years Democrats have fought every effort to actually protect the integrity of elections by screaming racism every time voter ID legislation is proposed.
In fact, as Trump pointed out, Democrats are the ones actively seeking to destroy the integrity of elections by seeking to register noncitizens to the voter rolls. In San Francisco, Russian national Elizaveta Shuvalova found out that she had been added to the voter rolls back in 2012 even though she did not become a U.S. citizen until 2017. Upon finding out that her name was on the voter rolls, Shuvalova said, “I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life. This is news to me.” Yet the San Francisco County voter log shows that in 2012 Shuvalova was registered as a Democrat.
So while Democrats and the mainstream media label Trump a liar and bemoan his supposed lack of effort to secure America’s elections, the real issue here is that Democrats obstruct voter ID laws, the most practical and cost-effective way to actually secure the integrity of our nation’s elections, while advocating for registering noncitizens to vote. That’s blatant hypocrisy.