President Trump's speeches at rallies tend to be somewhat off the cuff, and lately have faced ridicule for seeming out of touch with the average American. At a Florida rally on Tuesday, Trump advocated for voter ID requirements by claiming that picture IDs are even required to buy groceries — even though, except when purchasing things like alcohol or cigarettes, they're not. On Wednesday, Seth Meyers shut down Trump's grocery ID remark with some good old-fashioned roasting on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
"If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID," the president said in a clip.
"No, you don't," Meyers cut in, shaking his head. "Unless you’re buying your groceries at a strip club." He continued, "Trump has no idea how daily life works for the average American." With a Trump-imitation voice that has become part of his late night repertoire, Meyers played a caricature of the president, saying, "You need an I.D. to buy groceries, and then sometimes the groceries don’t fit in your helicopter. And your butler has to ride home in the second helicopter, you guys get it, I don’t know why I’m telling you this."
At a White House press conference on Wednesday, ABC's Cecilia Vega pointedly asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when the last time President Trump went to a grocery store was.
"If you go to a grocery store and you buy beer or wine, you're certainly going to show your ID," Sanders replied. "He's not saying every time he went in. He said, 'When you go to the grocery store.' 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. If they didn't, then that's probably a problem with the grocery store."
In June, the president was similarly mocked after he bragged that his supporters are better than the so-called "elites" because "we got more money ... we got better houses and apartments, we got nicer boats" at a rally in North Dakota.
The larger issue of undocumented immigrants voting in elections is one that has been largely debunked. Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claimed on Facebook that 3 million undocumented immigrants illegally voted in the presidential election. This statement was given a hard "false" rating by Politifact, because the data was entirely unsubstantiated.
Two weeks later Trump tweeted, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," a statement that Politifact has since rated a "pants on fire" lie.
When Vega asked Sanders whether the president still believes the false statements about millions of undocumented voters, Sanders replied, "Even if there are ten people that are voting illegally, it shouldn’t happen. The president wants to see the integrity of our election systems upheld, and that’s the purpose of his comments. He wants to make sure that anybody that’s voting is somebody that should be voting."
In January, the president dissolved a widely-criticized voter fraud commission because, "mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election." The commission, which one White House advisor told CNN was a "s--t show," was in fact shown to be addressing a nonexistent problem.