Donald Trump: those cognitive test questions screening for dementia were ‘hard’

President Trump delivers his State of the Union Address

I don’t even know how to describe what happened on Friday, when the White House released the Nunes Memo. We all knew Donald Bigly would release the memo – after all, his sh-thole staffers probably wrote the damn thing in the first place, and the histrionics about “release the memo” were just a huge dirty trick, a political feint in bad faith, a dry run for the larger war to come WHEN Donald Bigly tries to fire Robert Mueller.

The Nunes Memo basically throws glitter into everyone’s eyes and hopes that people will be temporarily blinded and just believe what the GOP says about the memo, rather than read what the memo actually says. The TL;DR version is the FBI investigated Carter Page for good reason. The FBI sought and received legal warrants to monitor his communications and his person. The GOP wants you to believe that this is all some gigantic conspiracy theory involving Christopher Steele – whose dossier is NOT discredited – the FBI, the DOJ and the Democrats. They want you to believe that career FBI agents who are registered Republicans are biased against Donald Trump because something something. It’s all pretty f–king dumb. What shocked me was that reporters actually called it what it was on-air and in print: a really dumb, manufactured political bulls–t scandal.

Now, is this whole Nunes Memo thing over? Of course not. I have a strong suspicion that this coming week is going to be a f–king doozy. So until the sh-thole hits the fan, please enjoy this sad story about the Stable Genius.

President Trump bragged about his recent performance on a cognitive test at an RNC meeting Thursday, telling the crowd that he’s one of the rare few who can identify drawings of animals. The comments came after Trump booted the media, or “haters” as he called them, from the dinner, which was held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

But leakers leak, and Breitbart got the audio of Trump’s speech. “Let me tell you, those last ten questions are hard,” he said, referencing the final third of the test that’s sometimes used to screen for Alzheimer’s and dementia. “There aren’t a lot of people that can do that.” He added that most members of the media couldn’t pass the test. Trump was almost certainly joking. One of the last ten questions asks test takers to identify the similarity between a train and a bicycle, and Trump isn’t so deranged to think that’s a world-class brainteaser. Right?

Trump also bragged about his physical fitness, telling the crowd that doctors asked him to run on a treadmill for five minutes and he made it to nine, when he decided to stop. “I said, ‘What do I have to prove?’” he said. “I’m telling you, I could have gone much longer.”

[From NY Magazine]

Things I don’t believe:

I don’t believe Donald Trump can run for ONE minute, much less nine.
I don’t believe Donald Trump was “joking” about the test questions.
I don’t believe Donald Trump can pass a cognitive test.
I don’t believe Donald Trump only weighs 239 pounds.
I don’t believe Donald Trump can read.
I don’t believe Donald Trump even wants to be president.
I don’t believe Donald Trump is a stable genius.
I don’t believe Donald Trump has a patriotic bone in his big, fat, dumb autocratic body.
I don’t believe Donald Trump.

Also, he was tweeting some dumb sh-t on Saturday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  1. Patricia says:

    He can’t even fucking get the right version of there and their.
    Yesterday I was at the museum of the American Revolution here in Philly (go eagles!), and I felt such a depression. Everything felt overshadowed by what we could have been and what we have become. I don’t believe anything trump says, also. And I am having a hard time believing that our country can ever recover from this deplorable shit show.

    • Esmom says:

      You summarized my feelings so well. Including my outrage at “their.” I honestly don’t know how we can recover, either, with Fox and other outlets churning out lies and propaganda 24/7, which people happily and hatefully believe and pass along via social media and other channels.

    • Dita von Katzhausen says:

      In the same sentence, mind you?!

    • Veronica says:

      Yup. Ten year olds can use Their and There properly. I think he really isn’t well educated and then spent the last 50 years ignoring anything not having to do with banging young women and ripping people off for money. Then add in his certain senility, and we have what we have: a vile, ignorant despot wannabe. We must ALL get out in the streets if Rob Rosenstein or Mueller are fired.
      Move On and Indivisible both have sign up for places to protest if this tyrant tries to do either move. Please…sign up, fellow Americans. We may need to save this country ourselves.

      • trumptrickle says:

        Kellyanne “Jersey Devil” Conway will cackle that he was using “alternate spellings” and Goodwife Sanders in her favorite Puritan funeral dress will give her best dour tilted look at anyone who has a problem with that.

    • Truthie says:

      He is writing, as the president, to the american people, and he can’t distinguish “there” from “their?” Such an imposter. There are a few songs that I’ve been listening to more often since the election. Welcome to the Occupation by REM and I Want To Be Sedated by the Ramones.
      “Here we stand and here we fight
      All your fallen heroes
      Held and dyed and skinned alive
      Listen to the Congress fire
      Offering the educated
      Primitive and loyal
      Welcome to the occupation…”

    • ELX says:

      Take heart—we survived Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan, the Compromises of 1830 and 1850, a civil war and two world wars. This is a setback, we’ve had them before, but the people of the U. S. survive and become freer. This is a wake up call, to end gerrymandering, to be truly involved in the political life of our nation and to exercise our franchise and vote.

      It’s also past time that we rigorously examine the criminal enterprise that is Fox News, owned and operated by an Australian crime family that should be stripped of it’s media assets and deported back whence they came.

  2. PunkyMomma says:

    Between his (or Hope Hicks) obvious lack of English skills, and Paul Ryan’s #BuckFifty ignoramus tweet, I thought my head would explode yesterday.

    Now, all we need is for Nunes to release another “memo”, and the Republicans will have completed their Trifecta of Stupidity.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      The drumps really are so dumb and uneducated. Completely at odds with their bragging about being stable geniuses.

      Also Grifter Barbie drump misued “sojourner” in her Black History Month tweet which was really to call attention to herself, but instead displayed her appalling ignorance. She can’t be bothered to take 5 minutes to look up the word’s definition.

      • lightpurple says:

        Look up the word’s definition? I would be shocked if Princess Nagini knew that there was a way to do that. Indeed, if she ever were to discover that, she would try to take credit for dictionaries.

    • Esmom says:

      Omg, that Paul Ryan tweet was unreal. My favorite response:

      https://twitter.com/LOLGOP/status/959864090670895104

      • Chloe says:

        I really think the Paul Ryan Tweet was an attempt to distract the media narrative from the Nunes memo.

      • minx says:

        Love that response! Perfection.

      • Christin says:

        He keeps tweeting about “crumbs” and “raises”, when the tax reform for working folks is basically just revised withholding of MONEY PEOPLE EARNED. Plus, there is no guarantee that we won’t owe taxes when we do our returns in early 2019.

        Sadly, no one is going to realize this until after the mid-terms. Wait until this time next year, and see how many people suddenly owe, or aren’t getting back what they did in previous tax years.

      • Indiana Joanna says:

        LOL, but so true.

    • Shannon says:

      Right? And did you see his tweets about ‘sacred cows’ like what the fk was he even talking about (Dotard), and Ryan’s tweet … let’s just say I went, bought a bottle of wine and binge-watched ‘This is Us’ and cried. Will our country ever be sane again??

  3. Elkie says:

    The memo doesn’t even mention “Trump”, let alone vindicate anyone, but then this is a guy who thinks passing a cognitive function test that proves he’s only slightly more intelligent than post-shooting-in-the-head JFK is an achievement. #YOMEMO otoh has produced some Twitter gold, making the whole debacle almost worth it.

    Also, the FBI members Two Scoops is so intent on attacking – Wray & Rosenstein – are Trump appointments. I thought he only had “the best people”?!!

    • Kristen820 says:

      Elkie, I literally have tears running down my face at your JFK comment! You, my dear, have won the internet! 😹😹😹

  4. Bellagio DuPont says:

    Bullsh*t, he took that cognitive test. If he did, I bet he cheated. I would bet my little finger that he either cheated or they doctored the results.

    • jwoolman says:

      You can pick up the test online. I’m sure he was carefully coached if he got 30/30 on it. There were questions I doubt he could have handled otherwise. (Passing does not require 30/30). Plus people with early dementia routinely pass that test. It is not intended as a test for dementia.

  5. MI6 says:

    Every time I think it can’t get worse, it does.
    I DO believe the Ranting Orange Cheeto should be declared incompetent and removed from office On. The. Immediate.

  6. Betsy says:

    Kaiser, did you see him announce John Cornyn at some to-do, then a bunch of other people, then pause and wonder why John Cornyn’s name wasn’t on the list.

    No one should ever forget the betrayal of the GOP – elected AND rank and file voter. We have someone with dementia (among other things, but that’s the topic for right now) in office and they’re either silent or DEFENDING IT!

  7. mia girl says:

    Last week Seth Myers had a “Day Drinking” segment with Kelly Clarkson. At one point into their drinking, they begin to go through the cognitive test that mango Mussolini took. It is definitely NOT hard.

    • Snazzy says:

      “mango mussolini” — I love it!

    • Jeezelouisie says:

      I am crying with laughter at Mango Mussolini. That is very (stable) genius! :D xx

    • Neelyo says:

      That drinking segment was the first thing I thought about. That test is NOT hard.

    • LaBlah says:

      Of course it’s not hard. It’s supposed to measure if a person can’t manage the basic functioning of an average healthy person. It’s not an IQ test. There’s apparently a universal rule that insists that when Trump tries to prove he’s not stupid he just provides more evidence that he is.

  8. grabbyhands says:

    It would be easy to laugh all this off again- his unending braggadocio, the flimsy lies, misspellings and referring to himself in third person, but I can’t.

    I’m not really laughing anymore because it isn’t that funny to me that every day brings some new embarrassment from this man and yet he is no closer to leaving office. I’m not convinced that he isn’t going to comfortably sit out all four years of his term, assuming he hasn’t gotten us into WWIII before then.

    His base LOVES this stuff and so do the GOP and they are holding all the cards. I see a lot of amazing work at the grassroots level – I just hope voters funnel that into actually getting out to vote at the mid-terms. I hope the leadership for the Dems suddenly comes out of hiding to energize people with strong candidates. Or in November it is just going to be more “moral victories”.

  9. lightpurple says:

    That “memo” was so poorly written as if a first year college student who had never seen a memo wrote it during a winter internship. There was absolutely no point to it. Well, there was a point to it, to smear the FBI, but in the standard of what a memo should be, it had no point, no structure, no suggestions for resolution, and no reason to exist. One would hope this is not the type of product House committees normally produce. And it misses an essential point, the FBI and the DOJ weren’t the ones to grant the FISA warrant. The Court did. They are trying to make the Fruit of the Poison Tree argument but, even though the memo briefly mentions it, the FBI had been following Carter Page for years AND they had information from other sources like Papadopoulos and Australia.

    But hey, Princess Nagini is going to the Olympics! On our money. Too bad that secretary Paul Ryan bragged about can’t go there on that $1.50 a week increase. That woman also pointed out that Ryan completely misinterpreted her.

    • swak says:

      I wondered if the woman was being sarcastic when she said something about her raise.

      • lightpurple says:

        She was.

      • mia girl says:

        @Lightpurple – Wow. Where can I find what the woman quoted said about Ryan’s tweet?

      • Esmom says:

        Yeah, Ryan completely misread her. Shocking, isn’t it?

      • swak says:

        No, Esmom, not shocking because they apparently don’t understand sarcasm.

      • Veronica says:

        I said that to my friend – “Is Paul Ryan stupid enough not to recognize sarcasm when he hears it?”

      • lightpurple says:

        @Veronica, I am amazed at just how stupid Paul Ryan is almost on a daily basis. Every time he opens his mouth practically, he proves he is even stupider than I thought before. And this is the guy the Romney crew claimed was so brilliant when he ran for VP. So brilliant, especially on healthcare issues. He doesn’t even understand what insurance .

      • jwoolman says:

        I suspected she was being sarcastic myself. Nobody would use $1.50 more in a paycheck to justify a Costco membership. You get the membership because it more than pays for itself in the savings from the lower prices. Ryan may not know that because he doesn’t have to save money on such purchases and has probably never even been inside a Costco or even a regular grocery store in recent years.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      CNN provided a list of names and salaries of the staffers who wrote the memo. None made more than $40,000 a year with most in the mid-$30s. They are very low level people, probably employed in their first job, as that kind of salary would be very difficult to live on in DC.

      So Nunes and drump depended on people pliable enough and inexperienced on so many levels to write a joke of a memo that was poorly researched, lifted sections of NYT and WaPo articles and was nonsensical.

      I too was thrilled with how the media immediately dismantled the memo and all its silliness.

      • Christin says:

        The memo reeked of inexperience. One pundit said that it was like a hastily written book report written without fully reading the book and after drinking a few beers.

        It sounded to me as if multiple people divided up the report and then cobbled together their pieces.

      • lightpurple says:

        And the people cheering about the memo don’t seem to understand what a memo actually is. They firmly believe that Obama and Hillary Clinton and Comey can be sentenced to prison based upon that memo, a memo none of them had anything to do with.

      • Rapunzel says:

        LP- of course, none of the Trumpsters understand rule of law. They think HRC should be locked up for Uranium sales that never happened, emails asking staff to print things for her, embassy security issues in Benghazi which Republicans refused to spend money on when asked, and running a pedophile ring out of a pizza parlor basement that doesn’t exist. They’re just itching to lock up a woman for daring to play with the boys.

        Yo Trumpsters: I’m still waiting for my check from George Soros for marching in the women’s march recently. And I’m still waiting for Mexico to pay for the wall.

  10. Snowflake says:

    I read that memo and said am I missing something? I guess we are supposed to be outraged that the dossier was used to get permission to wiretap Carter? I don’t see the big deal about it at all

    • minx says:

      There is no big deal about it, at all. It’s nothing.

    • jwoolman says:

      Carter Page was under surveillance (with a proper warrant) starting before Trump was even running in the primary and well before Page joined his campaign. Page was told by the FBI that he was being actively recruited by convicted Russian spies, and in response he skipperdees off to Moscow …. I don’t think they had any trouble proving “probable cause” to the judge.

      They have to renew such warrants every 90 days. They had no trouble doing so because they were getting useful info from it.

      The memo not only isn’t accurate about the true actions – it also says quite a few things that just aren’t true in general. For example, if they had ever watched a tv cop show, they would know that to get a search warrant, they just need to demonstrate probable cause. Instead, the memo claims that the highest standards of proof are required. Sorry, no. Just probable cause, which is a low bar. It’s not for a courtroom trial.

      Too many alternative facts….

      Nunes is very likely embroiled in the Russia thing up way past his hairline, and that’s why he was so perturbed at hearing that authorized personnel asked for the identities of the Americans to be unmasked in the surveillance of Russian phone calls. That’s when he really started going nuts trying to discredit everybody involved in the investigation.

  11. Lila says:

    I was listening to Sean Hannity bragging that Trump passed his cognitive test. It was very pathetic. It is a baseline screening test. He was so excited by the results that he must have been expecting Trump to fail. Also someone should let Trump and Hannity know it is not an IQ test. Now those results would be fun to see.

    • Floydee Mercer says:

      You’re a stronger woman than I. I read someone’s comment aptly noting Hannity looks like a thumb.

    • isabelle says:

      Sorry, and have no guilt in saying this, anyone voting for Trump or believing his lies is a naive idiot at best. No way do they have deep cognitive thinking. Shallow surface level followers, can’t think beyond what they are told to think, and no one can convince me otherwise.

  12. Eric says:

    Emperor Zero is flailing. To insinuate that journalists couldn’t pass some of the cognitive questions is laughable. Those comments only appeal to his dwindling base. And the un- or undereducated who probably believe him when he says he is excellent at picking out a picture of a horsey.

    Time for Emperor Zero’s next quiz:
    Define the terms below
    Obstruction
    Treason
    Complicity
    Hubris
    Hypocrisy
    Prosecutor
    Dictatorship
    Orange
    Prison
    Subpoena
    Laundering
    Crime
    Impeachment
    Indictment
    Zero

  13. Marty says:

    The most alarming thing about the memo is how many Republicans in Congress were pushing this as corruption and treason. Like this memo was really a smoking gun when it wasn’t. Their push to make this memo a scandal is a bigger indicator that they will not only turn a blind eye to the wrongdoings of the Trump administration, but actively spew their crazy propaganda. It’s chilling what is happening to our government.

    I wish I’d see this kind of Republican enthusiasm against law enforcement corruption when unarmed black people are getting killed by police, but I guess in that instance the police are just “doing their job” 🤷.

  14. Rapunzel says:

    I still don’t get any of this. Really. I’m supposed to believe that this memo proves Democrat corruption due to the Steele dossier when it shows Trump was being investigated because of that “coffee boy” Papadopoulos instead of the Steele dossier? And I’m supposed to think the Steele dossier proves Democrat corruption even though most of it has been proven true and it was originally funded by Repubs? And I’m supposed to think there’s this grand anti-trump conspiracy between the IC, Dems, and Clinton, but I’m not supposed to believe Trump having a zillion Russian connections on his campaign/administration is shady at all? And I’m supposed to believe HRC arrogantly thought she couldn’t lose, but prepared an anti-trump deep state with Obama, expecting to lose? And I’m supposed to believe HRC had all this anti-trump Intel but chose to save it for when she lost, because her goal was to lose and sabotage Trump’s presidency?

    Good Lord, how stupid am I expected to be?

    • swak says:

      @Rapunzel – at least as stupid as they are because if you are smarter than them you don’t believe it all and it doesn’t fit their agenda. They are playing to their base and don’t expect anyone else to be more intelligent than their base.

    • Christin says:

      Let us not forget to forget that it was revealed days before the election that HRC’s e-mails were under investigation. I guess they think that helped HER in some way. Hard to follow their nonsense.

    • jwoolman says:

      A Republican group paid for most of the dossier work. They were checking out all the primary candidates until Trump won the primaries. The company that hired Steele actually was paid through a law firm, and Steele did not know the end client. The Democrats had taken over the funding for just Trump only for about a month before Steele and his employer decided the info was disturbing enough to send to the FBI, since violations of US law were involved. Ultimately Sen. McCaine was the one who lit a fire under the FBI do something with it (it was eventually sent to him for this purpose). Comey notified Trump about it because he felt Trump needed to know it was out there.

      Neither the Republican nor Democratic clients knew the details of what Steele’s employer was doing, Fusion was just hired to find information. The info on Trump was leading them into more and more investigations because it quite frankly looked criminal. Trump has pretty obviously been engaging in money laundering for rich Russians for years, and Mueller is undoubtedly interested because that’s illegal and also a way to funnel illegal donations to a political campaign. He was incredibly stupid to expose himself to close attention by running for President.

  15. Floydee Mercer says:

    I wholeheartedlly concur with each disbelief as stated and am looking forward with great anticipation to the Ides of March when Meuller’s armageddon will unleash doom upon Emperor Highly Solaffie’s reign of idiocy and lay bare the stink of the GOPU.

  16. minx says:

    I love that someone leaked the audio.

  17. hnmmom says:

    I’ve had to go on prescription antacid medication because I have a constant stomach ache from all this f*ckery. It’s almost impossible to wrap my head around how far we have fallen as a nation in a year. The roughest roads are still ahead, too. I read an article today about how Nixon’s Sat Night Massacre was easier to ignite outrage over b/c of the abruptness of it. We are seeing a slow roll version and it will be harder to get people outraged this way. We truly are the frogs in the slowly boiling water. Keep on fighting and resisting. We can’t let them win.

    • Christin says:

      One thing that may bring comfort is that the infamous Saturday night was in October 1973. Resignation didn’t occur until August 1974.

      I ran across a March 1974 editorial in our local newspaper that sounded as frustrated as we do now. I would guess that for those following what was happening, the months rolled by slowly then, as they do for us now.

      • Deeana says:

        Oh, my, did they ever! Plus there was no internet and there was no cable news. I used to drive from the burbs into the city to a news stand that carried the Washington Post when anything big happened. But there was not a daily shyte show like there is now.

        This idiot trump is so astoundingly dumb that he seems to think he passed an IQ test with flying colors. Although we really don’t know what that weird doctor told him about the results, or even about the purpose of the test itself. But surely no one told trump that very few people can pass it.

        I sat and watched a relative pass the Mini mental test with a perfect score AFTER she had already been diagnosed dementia. More extensive testing brought different results of course. And that is why they caution that the 30 question tests are just a screening test. Everybody in health care knows that even if a patient passes a screening test, if they continue to exhibit symptoms – and trump does – you proceed with broader based testing.

        I noticed trump’s very public mental lapse about John Cornyn. That type of incident is spot on as an example of behavior seen in dementia patients. I wonder how often these incidents are happening?

  18. Alix says:

    “I’m telling you, I could have gone much longer.”

    How many times did Ivana/Marla/Melania hear that one??

  19. Ladykarinsky says:

    The similarity between a train amd bicycle?

    Wheels, right?

    Please tell me i’m right. For the love of gosh, please.

    • Hazel says:

      That’s all the could come up with, that and they’re both forms of transportation.

    • Msw says:

      Sounds like the MoCA, a screen I administer regularly. And no, if you don’t have cognitive deficit, its not hard.