Trump expressed the belief that grocery stores are giving government employees food on credit during the shutdown. This is, of course, not true.
Trump said, “I haven’t heard the statement, but I do understand, perhaps he should have said it differently. Local people know who they are when people go for groceries and everything else, they will work along. I know banks are working along. If you have mortgages, the folks collecting the interest and all of those things, they work along, and that is what happens in time like this. They know the people, they have been dealing with them for years. The grocery store, and I think that is probably what he meant, but I have not seen his statement, no, he has done a great job I will tell you that.”
Spoken like someone who has never had to live off of a paycheck in his life. Trump thinks that grocery stores just give food to workers during the shutdown. pic.twitter.com/ofEHeL41pl
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) January 24, 2019
Trump doesn’t understand how grocery stores work in 2019
Trump thinks that it is 1952 and everyone shops at a neighborhood market where the owner knows you and gives you a line of credit during hard times. This is not reality. In the real world, people shop at big box grocery chains where their names aren’t known. The store is a corporation, not a corner neighborhood market, and they don’t care if Donald Trump has taken away your paycheck because he wants a wall. They will not give you free food, or a line of credit. If you can’t afford groceries, they’ll direct you to the local food bank, and ask you to leave the store.
The president isn’t just out of touch with working people. He is out of touch with reality.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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