House Democrats on Wednesday panned President Donald Trump’s pledge to pursue a “major” investigation into alleged voter fraud, describing the president’s demand as “insecure” and saying the probe will only increase voter suppression.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she "felt sorry" for Trump and even prayed for him after learning of his calls for an investigation.
“For a person who is newly elected president of the United States to be so insecure ... to suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voting system, is really strange,” she told reporters Wednesday during a news conference in the Capitol.
“I frankly feel very sad about the president making this claim,” she added. “I felt sorry for him. I even prayed for him.”
Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to call for an investigation into voter fraud and irregularities in the voting rolls — two days after he repeated his claim during a private meeting with Hill leaders, without evidence, that he only lost the popular vote because millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton.