My high school math teacher would be having a heyday with recent allegations from President Trump and his press secretary.

Mr. Roach was a stickler on accuracy and loved working with statistics.

I enjoy numbers, too.

I don’t enjoy Trump’s bending them to fit his “alternative facts.”

Trump’s latest claim is that millions of votes were cast illegally, which he said explains why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes in November.

Being the numbers guy I am, I had to do some math.

Three million votes is more than three times the number of Nebraskans who voted in the November general election (860,573).

That means more than three times the number of Nebraska votes were cast illegally.

Not only that, it means that all of those votes would have to have been cast illegally for Clinton.

Earth to President: You won the election. You occupy the White House.

It’s time to forget about vote totals and crowd sizes and get on with the important matters.

I didn’t vote for the man, but I accept the election results and want to give him the chance to prove me wrong.

But his obsession with himself is making that a steeper mountain to climb.

Consider, if you will, that if he’s that loose with the facts over such trivial matters, what’s it going to be like when he starts throwing budget numbers around.

No wonder he won’t make his tax returns public.

To his credit, Nebraska Se. Ben Sasse has taken issue with some of the President’s actions. I hope our other election officials aren’t afraid to step in and help steer Trump’s ship.

More heat will come the President’s way after giving new life to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and his abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The latter is important to Nebraska agriculture.

That some are concerned with how he reacts to the pushback is understandable given his thoughts on voter fraud and crowd numbers.

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