Dems: Trump voter fraud 'fantasy' a distraction from Russian help

Dems: Trump voter fraud 'fantasy' a distraction from Russian help
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Wednesday knocked President Trump for his claims of rampant voter fraud during the 2016 election, calling them a distraction.

The DNC said in a statement that "everyone knows there was no massive voter fraud in the election," arguing Trump's allegations were an effort to distract people from Russian meddling in the election.

"He can't let go of his voter fraud fantasy — both because he cannot bear the thought that millions more Americans voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE than for him, and to cover up the real crime: Russian efforts to help him win," the DNC said.

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The president on Wednesday announced he would ask for a "major investigation into voter fraud." He said in a series of tweets that the country would "strengthen up voting procedures" depending on the results of the investigation.

The DNC mocked Trump's call for an investigation involving "phantom voters."

"While he’s throwing away taxpayer dollars looking for millions of phantom voters, Trump might as well investigate the whereabouts of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster too," the DNC said. 

"If he’s interested in doing his new job as our President, he should protect our nation by cooperating with Congress and the Intelligence Community investigations into Russia's attack on our elections and his team’s potential collusion with them.”

Trump said during a White House meeting with congressional leaders earlier this week he lost the popular vote because of rampant voter fraud by "illegals."
 
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, but Trump won the Electoral College.
 
During the presidential campaign, Trump frequently claimed without evidence that the election was rigged and alleged widespread voter fraud.
 
Several lawmakers and reporters have since disputed the president's claims about rampant voter fraud, saying there is no evidence to back up his allegations.
 
A declassified report released by the intelligence community earlier this month said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a widespread influence campaign intended to help elect Trump to the White House.
 
The Senate Intelligence Committee announced earlier this week it is moving forward with its probe into Russian meddling in the presidential race.