Champion of the working man.
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When The New York Times reported in 1992 that elitist George H.W. Bush was ‚Äúamazed‚ÄĚ by the ‚Äútechnology‚ÄĚ of grocery-store scanners, the anecdote took on a life of its own, eventually‚ÄĒsome say‚ÄĒcontributing to his election loss. John Kerry‚Äôs windsurfing photo-op was basically candy for opponents rushing to pin him as an out-of-touch Massachusetts liberal, and when Mitt Romney graspingly proclaimed to a group of supporters that ‚Äúhot dog‚ÄĚ was his favorite meat (and ‚Äúhamburger‚ÄĚ his second-favorite!), it inspired an avalanche of jokes and memes that still haunts the Utah Senate hopeful to this day. Yet, as in so many cases, the same rules seem not to apply to Donald Trump. Because on Tuesday night, the president, who is liable to say something stupid at any given moment‚ÄĒwhether it‚Äôs on Twitter, at a gathering of world leaders, or during an impromptu speech at the White House‚ÄĒput Bush, Romney, and Kerry to shame with what may go down as one of the worst elitist gaffes of all time‚ÄĒand it barely registered.
During a speech at a ‚ÄúMake America Great Again‚ÄĚ rally in Tampa, Florida, Trump, attempting to make the case for stricter voter-identification laws, told the crowd: ‚ÄúIf you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need I.D. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need I.D. and you need your picture.‚ÄĚ
As even Don Jr. surely knows, this is not correct at all. You do not, in fact, need a photo I.D. to buy groceries, unless you‚Äôre buying alcohol or cigarettes. In fairness, the reason the president doesn‚Äôt know this probably has less to do with his cognitive impairment than the fact that he likely hasn‚Äôt stepped foot in a grocery store in decades, if ever‚ÄĒa point many, many people seized on.
In theory, the fact that the proponent of America‚Äôs ‚Äúforgotten men and women‚ÄĚ has perhaps never in his life visited a grocery store would dent his standing among them. But if the literal golden penthouse and multi-national corporation didn‚Äôt tip the scales, it‚Äôs somewhat unlikely that Trump‚Äôs supporters will be turned off by a 30-second gaffe. Besides, the majority of things that come out of the president‚Äôs mouth and fingers are crazy, unintelligible, or just plain dumb‚ÄĒthe grocery-store slip-up is simply one of many, easily lost in the tide.