Last week, The Wall Street Journal released a poll showing that 49% of registered voters believe that Donald Trump is not “mentally up for the job” of being president. How did the former guy take the news? We’ll give you two guesses, but you will definitely only need one.
On Sunday, after apparently having gotten around to reading or having the article read to him, Trump raged on Truth Social that the whole thing was was clearly a plot on Journal owner Rupert Murdoch’s part to make Joe Biden look good. “In a phony and probably rigged Wall Street Journal poll, coming out of nowhere to softened the mental incompetence blow that is so obvious with Crooked Joe Biden, they ask about my age and mentality,” he wrote. “Where did that come from? A few years ago I was the only one to agree to a mental acuity test, & ACED IT. Now that the Globalists at Fox & the WSJ have failed to push their 3rd tier candidate to success, they do this. Well, I hereby challenge Rupert Murdoch & Sons, Biden, WSJ heads, to acuity tests!”
So, just a few things to note: One, it’s pretty unlikely that Murdoch, whose properties were basically state-run TV when Trump was president—and whose New York Post leads the field in obsessive Hunter Biden coverage—wants to do Joe Biden any favors. Two, as others have noted, Trump has never taken a “mental acuity test”; he took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in 2020, which is used to test for signs of dementia. (In other words, having “ACED IT” is not something to brag about.)
And then, of course, there’s the hilarious “challenge” to Murdoch, Murdoch’s sons, Biden, and various Wall Street Journal brass—the terms of which Trump stipulated in a second post, writing: “I will name the place and the test, and it will be a tough one. Nobody will come even close to me! We can also throw some physical activity into it. I just won the Senior Club Championship at a big golf club, with many very good players. To do so you need strength, accuracy, touch and, above all, mental toughness. Ask Bret Baier (Fox), a very good golfer.”
Ah, yes, nothing says, I’m confident in my abilities, quite like, I determine the test and the ground rules. Also, “I just won the Senior Club Championship at a big golf club” sounds less impressive when you know he has a reputation for cheating at golf.
Anyway, this challenge comes just a few months after Trump declared that everyone running for president should have to take a “mental competency test.” So we can probably expect the former guy to soon require any voters questioning his presidential potential to take an IQ test as well.
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