— New Day (@NewDay) January 25, 2017
This morning on CNN’s New Day, host Chris Cuomo got into a bit of a heated exchange with Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) over President Donald Trump’s call for a “major investigation” into massive voter fraud even though there’s no real proof millions of people illegally voted in the past election.
Cuomo pressed the GOP lawmaker immediately about the need for an investigation considering that there’s “zero proof” that there’s been fraud on this scale. When Collins, who was an early supporter of Trump in the campaign, said that perhaps it was necessary so everyone could make sure, Cuomo hit back.
“If I said to you that 95 percent of Congress is dirty, and therefore we should investigate, and there’s no basis for what I just said in terms of that scale of corruption or unethical behavior,” the anchor stated. “You’d be okay with that because it’s always good to know for sure?”
Collins insisted that it wasn’t the same thing as what Trump was suggesting. This led to a back-and-forth about how this was all about a “tightening down” of the election system and making sure down-ballot races weren’t impacted. Cuomo noted that Trump seems to only be concerned with his own individual race and not others.
Eventually, Cuomo discussed the tiny sliver of proven cases of in-person voter fraud compared to the number of votes cast, and told Collins this seemed foolish to move forward with.
“This is a fool’s errand,” he told Collins. “And is it something we should tolerate?” The New York Republican once again brought up down-ballot races, with Cuomo shooting back that Trump is only talking about himself.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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