Most people do not even think about whether they are cognitively impaired or not. It is only those who fear that there is a problem who may obsess about it. Seth Meyers looks at the way that Trump keeps boasting about the results of his ‘cognitive test’, a test that is not used to test how smart you are, as Trump seems to think, but to see if you are showing signs of dementia. (Note that he took this test back in 2018 and it was administered by his then White House personal physician Ronny Jackson who subsequently resigned amid allegations of misconduct and is now running for a Texas congressional seat on an ardently pro-Trump platform.)
The doctor who designed the test says that “it is supposed to be easy for those who have no cognitive impairment”. As another psychologist said, “I’ve administered this test (the MOCA) hundreds, if not thousands of times. Let me tell you, bragging about acing this test is the equivalent of bragging that you tied your own shoes this morning.”
Even Fox News’s Chris Wallace, in interviewing Trump, laughed at Trump’s boasting about taking the test and said that he had taken it too before the interview and that it was “not the hardest test”, which naturally annoyed Trump.
"I took the [cognitive] test too, when I heard you passed it. It's not the hardest test. It shows a picture and it says, 'what's that,' and it's an elephant." — Chris Wallace pushes back on Trump hyping the cognitive test he passed at Walter Reed pic.twitter.com/8Df8Ez10Ma
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2020
I had to take such a test when I was thinking of getting insurance for long-term care in case I needed it. The insurance companies don’t like to cover people who show early signs of dementia because they can live for a long time with it, making it costly. The test involved some memory items and simple arithmetic problems. I must have passed the test because they did offer to cover me, though I decided that such insurance was not worth it in my case. Although it was reassuring that there did not seem to be any sign (as yet) that I was starting to lose my marbles, it never occurred to me to boast to people that I had passed such a test. That would be weird.
But we have a truly weird president obsessed with his own brain capabilities, so much so that they are making a sequel to A Beautiful Mind that features him. Here’s the trailer.
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) July 24, 2020
Of course, Trump’s bizarre boast deserves the Sarah Cooper treatment.
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— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 24, 2020