Pelosi: Trump Voter Fraud Claims ‘Strange’ and ‘Startling’

House leader joins chorus of critics over unsubstantiated claims

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi conducts a news conference in the Rayburn Room at the Capitol Thursday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi conducts a news conference in the Rayburn Room at the Capitol Thursday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted January 25, 2017 at 12:40pm

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the attack on President Donald’s Trump unsubstantiated claim that he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally, calling it “startling.”

“To suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voting system is really strange,” Pelosi said.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Trump said he would ask federal investigators to look into people who are registered to vote in two states, those in the country illegally and those registered to vote but are deceased.

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“He wants to investigate something that can clearly be proven to be false but he wants to resist the investigation of the Russian disruption of our election and any connection to his campaign,” Pelosi said.

When Republican and Democratic congressional leaders met the president at a reception at the White House Monday night, Trump brought up what he believed was voter fraud, despite no evidence, claiming that he won the popular vote despite official results that show his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton surpassed him.

Trump came out ahead of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to become president. He won 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227.

“I frankly feel very sad about the president making this claim,” Pelosi said. “I felt sorry for him. I even prayed for him, but then I prayed for the United States of America.”

Pelosi’s criticism comes in the wake of Senate Republicans being pressed about the claim at their Tuesday media availability, and Senate Democrats blasting the new chief executive over it.

“The president ought to realize he’s president. Instead of talking about the election or how many people showed up at the inauguration, he ought to talk about how many new jobs he’s creating,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York said.

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“It’s time to be president. And I heard that — well, second thing I’d say. When these falsehoods are told, our Republican colleagues have an obligation to reject them, not to skirt around them,” he added.