In a visit to Utah, President Donald Trump caused quite a stir when he grabbed a shopping cart at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints food warehouse on Monday.
Trump visited the LDS Church Bishops’ Central Storehouse in Salt Lake City as he swung through Utah in an effort to encourage Sen. Orrin Hatch to run for an eighth term in Washington, according to The Desert News.
When a member of the media yelled out to ask Trump if he wanted Hatch to run for re-election, Trump replied, “Yes!” Another reporter asked Trump if he was only trying to block Mitt Romney from moving back to Utah to run for Hatch’s seat, Trump praised Mitt as “a good man.”
So, Trump is not ready to malign Romney… at least not yet.
But the photos of Trump’s visit to the grocery depot were priceless.
(Photos courtesy of Saul Loeb and Getty Images)
Trump was in the midst of a number of actions during his Utah visit, BizPacReview noted:
The president was in Utah to sign proclamations cutting the sizes of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments when he visited the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ food distribution center, the Deseret News reported.
Religious liberty and the church’s welfare program were topics of discussion as church leaders met with Trump.
“Good stuff,” the president said during the visit, pointing to a cart full of groceries.
“This is very exciting for me,” Trump told those gathered at the food warehouse. “I know so many people that are in your church, the Latter-day Saints. The job you’ve done is beyond anything you could think of — taking care of people the way you take care of people and the respect that you have all over the world.”
The president walked between the shelving putting things in the shopping cart and giving the thumbs up.
He was seen checking out the rows of peanut butter jars…
And reading product labels…
Smiles were seen all around as Trump perused the food stores.
For sure, Trump’s grocery store visit was a bit more successful than George H.W. Bush’s grocery visit back in 1992. Supermarket price scanners were relatively new back in those days, but they were still fairly normal part of everyday life for we common folk.
But, Bush became ridiculed when a story circulated that during a visit to a consumer electronics show he was “amazed” by the price scanner. He was ridiculed as being so out of touch that he’d never seen one before.
Of course, the story wasn’t true. Bush wasn’t “amazed” by the scanner. In fact, during the photo op in question he even asked the host how the device he was using differed from a normal supermarket scanner. So, clearly, he was aware that scanners existed. But the truth didn’t matter when the fake news story became just one more black mark against him during his re-election bid.
Sadly, the truth didn’t stop liars like Chris Matthews from claiming Bush had never seen a supermarket scanner before: