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I don't know that the country can survive four years of this guy.

I guess I should have shown proper respect and said President Donald Trump.

I will as soon as he quits spewing falsehoods and respects the American people.

I suspect he doesn't realize it, but his arrogance is embarrassing the country he says he wants to make great again — even though it never has fallen from the ranks of greatness.

His latest lie — and perhaps the worst in just a week of the presidency — is that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally.

His contention is that not one of those votes was cast for him — they all went to Hillary Clinton.

Because of his ego, Trump can't come to grips with the fact that although he won the electoral vote, Clinton received almost 3 million more popular votes.

Thus, there will forever be an asterisk beside Trump's name in election history. And he just can't stand it.

That's what an ego gone wild will do.

I knew that from the days I was covering the start of the casino industry in Northwest Indiana in 1996 and had many sit-down interviews with Trump.

Yeah, he was the biggest and best at everything he did back then, just as he has been boasting for the last year.

So Trump is calling for an investigation into why 3 million to 5 million illegal votes were cast.

He is doing so even though the Pew Institute, which Trump claims is the source of his contention, issued a report saying there was no evidence of voter fraud.

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., put it best, saying, "He has no evidence. He's just trying to explain why he lost the popular vote."

And if you don't believe Waters, there are high-ranking Republicans, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who have said there is no evidence of vote fraud.

He had a different excuse early on.

Trump said he would have won the popular vote had he campaigned in the states that he didn't think he need to win the electoral vote.

There was no mention of illegal votes when he made the claim that he would have won the popular vote had he campaigned in places like California and New York.

So Trump is telling the American people there is widespread vote fraud and that the very foundation of democracy is crumbling. That, of course, is terribly disconcerting.

When his claim that he would have won the popular vote had he campaigned everywhere didn't seem to sell, he changed tunes and latched on to the illegal vote argument.

America is not going to buy that either.

When you lose the popular vote by almost 3 million, it's hard to claim that your election is a mandate to say and do whatever you want, even if it's not true. It's apparent that's eating at Trump.

Trump's problem, according to a national commentator, is that "he wants so badly to be loved, and he's figured out he can't."

Not too much has changed since the two of us sat and talked in his casino boat at Gary's Buffington Harbor some 20 years ago.

It could be an agonizing four years.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjamescolumns@gmail.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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