President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist promoting her new book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, where she didn’t seem too impressed with the president passing a cognitive test. President Trump has been boasting lately that he “aced” the test, and over the weekend he got into an awkward back-and-forth with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who said the test was “not the hardest.” In an interview that aired on Tucker Carlson Tonight earlier Wednesday, the president continued to try to prove how hard the test actually was by detailing a “memory question.”
“It’s like you’ll go, ‘Person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ So they say, ‘Could you repeat that?’ So I said, ‘Yeah. So it’s person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ ‘Okay, that is very good.’ If you get it in order, you get extra points,” Trump said. “Okay, now he’s asking you other questions, other questions. And then, 10 minutes, 15, 20 minutes later, they say, ‘Remember the first question?’ Not the first but the tenth question. ‘Give us that again. Can you do that again? And you go, ‘Person, woman, man, camera, TV.’ If you get it in order, you get extra points. They said, ‘Nobody gets it in order’. It's actually not that easy, but for me it was easy.” Trump later added that he could do it because he’s “cognitively there.”
The hashtag #personwomanmancameratv began trending on Twitter shortly after the interview.
Despite the president’s boasting, the test he reportedly took is not an IQ test, but the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test, which tests for dementia. And Mary Trump was not only not impressed with her uncle’s stated results, she believes that the fact that he brags about passing such a test means he has actually failed.
“From what I understand, and I don’t know precisely what the test is, I mean, I’ve never used it myself because I work with a totally different kind of patient, but that it’s a test to screen for early signs of dementia, I believe,” Mary Trump said. “So, you know, we don’t know how he did on it, but as far as I’m concerned, his talking about it the way he’s talking about it is failing the test.” “One of the signs—bragging about passing a cognitive test,” Colbert replied, “is one of the ways you fail a cognitive test.” Mary responded, “Yeah.”
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