Donald Trump: My doctors were ‘surprised’ when I passed my cognitive tests

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Remember last November, a simpler time, when Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed one weekend? He was there for hours, the trip wasn’t on his schedule and for days, no one could get a straight answer about it. I think the Trump staff eventually settled on the excuse of “Trump had to take the second part of his physical” but… again, he was rushed to Walter Reed and it was unscheduled. I still believe that someone around him worried that he had a stroke or something like that. Especially since Trump’s mental and physical condition has seemingly deteriorated before our eyes over the past year or so, like the fact that he’s not strong enough to drink a glass of water one-handed, or that he can’t walk down a ramp. Trump has mentioned before that he’s been administered cognitive tests as part of Alzheimer’s and dementia screenings too, and he’s said that he found those questions “hard.”

Well, Trump called into Sean Hannity’s show last night and he A) confused covid tests for cognitive tests, B) tried to say Joe Biden was the one who was cognitively impaired and C) said his doctors were surprised that he (Trump) passed his cognitive tests.

President Donald Trump boasted on Thursday night about a cognitive test he took during a Walter Reed physical, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that doctors were “very surprised” that he “aced” it while calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to take the same test. Calling in to close confidant Hannity’s primetime program, both the president and the Fox News star began openly questioning Biden’s mental fitness and suggesting he is suffering from cognitive decline. After Hannity aired a montage of selectively edited clips to characterize Biden as senile, and Trump described the former vice president as “brainwashed,” the conservative host brought up Biden’s recent claim that he “can hardly wait” to test his cognitive capability against Trump’s.

“Now he apparently says that he has many cognitive tests,” Hannity said. “He’s tested all the time, cognitively. Maybe he’ll release those records and maybe he’ll release his medical records.” Hannity wondered aloud if Biden has been trying to figure out a way to avoid debating the president, a recent right-wing talking point that has gained steam recently, prompting Trump to say “yes” before going on a tangent.

“But he meant the COVID tests. He didn’t mean cognitive. He meant COVID,” Trump declared. After Hannity insisted Biden said “cognitive,” Trump continued to argue that the ex-veep meant coronavirus tests—Biden has said he hadn’t taken a COVID-19 test yet—but that Biden was “confused by the question and the words and everything else but he didn’t take a cognitive test because he couldn’t pass one.”

The president went on to say that he took a cognitive test “very recently” in order to prove to those questioning his mental acuity that he was “all there.” (It appears Trump is talking about the Montreal Cognitive Assessment he took during his 2018 physical exam, which he passed.)

“I proved I was all there because I aced it,” Trump bellowed. “I aced the test and he should take the same exact test. A very standard test. I took it at Walter Reed, a medical center, in front of doctors, and they were very surprised. They said, that’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did. But he should take that same test.”

The president would go on to say that Biden “has been totally taken over” and it’s “because he doesn’t understand what’s going on” before once again claiming that Biden “wants to get out of the debates.”

[From The Daily Beast]

For what it’s worth, Biden has already agreed with the debate commission and he’s signed on for three debates. Biden says he would love to do additional debates. As for Trump “acing” his dementia screening and his doctors being “very surprised,” I mean… I’m surprised that Trump didn’t claim “the doctors thanked me for acing the test, they were so grateful that I got most of the questions right, it was incredible!” Again, why the hell did he get rushed to Walter Reed last year? Why can’t he hold a glass one-handed? Why can’t he walk down a ramp?

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  1. Lauren says:

    The cognitive dissonance here….

    I’m not just talking about Trump’s issues.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      “My doctors were surprised when I passed my cognitive tests”.

      So were we, Donnie, so were we.

      • Flying Fish says:


      • Tiffany :) says:

        It’s pathetic that he doesn’t realize what he is saying.

        Also, Sarah Cooper just released her interpretation of this interview, and it is delightful. I love her so much!

      • BeanieBean says:

        Tiffany: thanks for the heads up. I love her, too! She never fails to make me laugh!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You’re welcome!

        The other day I heard Trump on TV in the other room, and in my head I pictured Sarah instead, and it made it so much easier to tolerate. It is a gift she has given us. 😉

  2. Seraphina says:

    Donald, It’s always good to get a second opinion. Especially by doctors not on your payroll.

  3. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Why does he need a map and two hands to find his ass? Why does he need a compass to get to the point? Why can’t he see white supremacy when he looks in the mirror? Perhaps he got someone to take those cognitive tests for him: after all, cheating was the only way he got through his SATs.

  4. lucy2 says:

    Considering all the other lies about his medical exams, why would we believe this one? My guess it the doctors were surprised he even knew where he was. He’s unhinged, and unfit, and it’s only getting worse.

    You guys all saw they painted BLACK LIVES MATTER in front of Trump Tower, right? Hehehehe.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      did you further know that the Central Park Five were part of the crew that did the painting?

      talk about TROLLING. DeBlasio knows how to do it.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        That was premo trolling

      • phaedra7 says:

        And Drupf had the utter nerve plus gall to remark during his 2016 campaign that DeBlasio “is the worst mayor NYC ever had”. STFU and GTDHOH, Take-A-💩! You’re the WORST president in the history of the USA and the WORST leader in the planet’s history–next to SHITLER, of course!

      • Truthiness says:

        The Central Park 5 helped with the painting? Omg, that is amazing.

    • cee says:

      I do not believe a word that comes out of his mouth period.

  5. Ronaldinhio says:

    I administer a raft of testing in my job as a counselling psychologist.
    I work in trauma but I would never say someone aces a test. I find it hard to imagine any medical or mental health professional saying that to anyone other than a child.

    It just isn’t part of any conversation or standard way of speaking for a MD psychiatrist or psychologist.
    (Occasionally if there is significant impairment, rapidly progressing and the patient is both cognitively too impaired to understand the signifigance or the results of the test and highly upset by the administration of it. In this case we might say, it was fine or you tested exactly as expected. Smile – discuss later as part of a multi team)

    • Noodle says:

      @ronaldinhio, co-sign this. My academic credentials are technically in another area, but I research and teach in areas parallel to cognitive psychology. I have never heard a clinician refer to any of these tests in terms of “acing” them. Considering most of the results are framed within a continuum and standard deviations, even someone scoring extremely well would never be said to “ace” a test, particularly one measuring cognitive function or cognitive decline. Further, my Mom has mid-stage Alzheimer’s, and I see often the cognitive checks they perform on her. These checks are where they show her a picture of a penguin and ask her to name what it is. If she can identify it as a penguin (which she can’t), she either did it or didn’t, but it’s not a matter of “acing” or “failing”. This framework he has in his head about how these tests are structured and scored reflects that of a 3rd grader, bragging to his friends that he aced the multiplication tables test and his dad is going to take him to McDonalds to celebrate.

    • Giddy says:

      Sure, he aced it. He also is at a perfect weight. His blood pressure, cholesterol count, and all blood work were perfect! “The doctors had never seen anything like my scores! I aced it all.” His narcissism knows no bounds.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      I’m sure they never said any such thing anyway. “Acing” it is pure trump slang that he uses to describe anything he’s asked to do. But you can’t use reason to contradict any of his slang. Then you’re just a nasty person.

    • Becks1 says:

      Its like when his doctor released his test results (the Independence Day looking doctor) and said everything was positive and Trump was like see?!!?!? I’m the healthiest person ever!!! A positive test result is not necessarily a good thing.

  6. Tiff says:

    I’d be surprised if this story was true 🙄

    • Mira says:

      The doctors were probably surprised because he had actually gotten very poor results but later “doctored” the documents to look like he passed.

    • AnnaKist says:

      That’s what I thought, too, Tiff. He lies about anything and everything. Why shou this be any different? Everyone can see he’s lost the plot and can barely read a sentence prepared for him. It’s obvious his mental capacity has been steadily diminishing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s suffering with Parkinson’s or something similar. My bastard ex-brother-in-law has Parkinson’s and can no longer hold his (stemless) wine glass with one hand either. His second missus (not sure if she’s a saint or a bloody idiot for taking him on), says they had to install ramps for him to get in and out of the house, and the two steps were a bit too much for him.

  7. Hollah says:

    The irony of him wanting Biden to release medical records.

    All these years and I still can’t wrap my ahead around how such a moron holds the highest office in the land.

    • Swack says:

      How about he release his and not through his doctors or anyone else associated with the White House. Just an unredacted paper copy.

    • Korra says:

      He is the King of Projection. Any time he has a physical, mental/emotional or moral deficiency, he accuses his enemies of having that same deficiency. He basically telegraphs his own corruption and shortcomings when he points fingers at others.

  8. Teebee says:

    He’s a child. His modelling of a child’s way of behaving, speaking, reasoning, arguing, seeking attention…it’s getting more than just a little embarrassing. Even the greenest public servant in the newest of elected positions would be able to express themselves in a more adult and decorous fashion than Trump. That is one of the starkest criticisms I have had about his presidency. And that he has been able to get away with it, is one of the saddest markers of the decline of the office of POTUS.

  9. The Hench says:

    Yeah, no. Apart from amusing/horrifying yourself there is absolutely no point to trying to make sense of his ramblings. The man literally just makes it up as he goes along with no regard to facts, the truth or anything else that the rest of us consider. He just says whatever he thinks will gain him something – whether fame, attention, votes, money. I read the other day that he claims to have won multiple golf championships, many of which it can be proved he wasn’t even in the same state when they took place. His words are entirely untethered to reality and we should stop trying to even pretend that they have any relation to it – especially the media.

    • Traveler says:

      “His words are entirely untethered to reality”……………..that says it all.

  10. Jerusha says:

    I have never hated anyone so much.

    • minx says:


    • Darla says:

      Same. I think my searing hate for him is probably taking years off my life.

    • Mira says:


    • Dazed and Confused says:


    • Liz version 700 says:

      The depth to which I hate him honestly scares me. I didn’t know I had the ability to hate so deeply.

    • Sean says:

      I hate his enablers more. Trump is a useful idiot, nothing more. He’d be a nobody is others weren’t using him to advance their respective causes. The people who worked around him, knew what he was and waited until after they were out of his orbit to write tell-alls to cash in rather than testify before Congress. The Republicans who loathe him yet refused to remove him from office because they want to stay in power. The grifters who joined his administration just to fatten their own pockets. Public officials who failed to act or didn’t o their jobs to the fullest extent (looking at you James Comey and Robert Mueller).

      I hate them far, far more than I hate him. He NEVER should have been able to get this far. They knew. They all knew about his lifelong connections to Vladimir Putin, the Italian/Russian mafias and Epstein, They did the bare minimum, not even that in some instances.

    • Traveler says:

      I hate him, the entire republican party, and all of his supporters.
      And I lament what it has cost me because I have lost faith in humanity (and many family members).
      You know, I (used to) travel a lot to remind myself of the wonders that mankind can achieve at its best…………incredible architecture, art, great civilizations………… I don’t even have that to temper my thinking.

      • Betsy says:

        Now is the time to journal your old trips, or look at pictures, or plan a (far in the) future trip! You can’t let them have your brain.

      • Traveler says:

        @Betsy………..that is a lovely suggestion. Thank you.

    • Truthiness says:

      Same. Mitch McConnell coming in hot though.

  11. MaggieOwns says:

    It seems that he is unintentionally admitting that he had a stroke or something of that nature. Why else would the doctors be surprised he passed a cognitive exam (which should be expected of someone mentally fit)? But no point in trying to understand the ramblings of an unhinged man-child.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      I honestly don’t know if he’s inadvertently admitting it or he just genuinely doesn’t understand that passing a cognitive test shouldn’t be hard unless something is wrong. He always has to be the best at literally everything. He’s saying that his doctors were surprised in the context of his doing better than anyone ever had before. That makes zero sense, but is in line with his usual bragging. They wouldn’t be surprised if a perfectly healthy person passed these tests. If his doctors were actually surprised than he definitely has something wrong with him. I just don’t know because Trump randomly tells the truth at times. Like 95% of what he says is lies, but then there’s that 5% where he just blurts out the truth because of his ego.

    • Gina says:

      I think you are right.

  12. Darla says:

    He didn’t pass sh*t. Next.

  13. Lightpurple says:

    “They said, that’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did. ”

    Except people without cognitive problems do it all the time.

    Biden was very clear in what he said. How desperate of Trump to claim he meant something else.

    • Rapunzel says:

      If Trump says Biden doesn’t want to debate, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s Trump that doesn’t want to debate. Hector Projector is just Hector Projectoring.

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    He has zero cognitive function. Dissonance perhaps, but even that’s pushing it.

  15. Lady Keller says:

    So Mr. Trump let me see if I’ve got this right. What you are saying is that your doctors, the medical professionals working in direct contact with you did not believe you had the cognitive function necessary to pass these tests. And they were then surprised that someone with your seemingly poor cognitive function was actually able to pass these tests. Is that correct?

  16. Marigold says:

    Aren’t these types of tests basically like “what day is it?”

    • something says:

      Pretty much. What day is it? Draw a clock. Identify some animal pictures.

      Basically everyone should “ace” this test unless something has gone drastically wrong -i.e. stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, encephalitis

      • Still_Sarah says:

        A friend of mine had a husband who was a doctor but was also very absent minded. She used to joke that on most days, he couldn’t answer these types of questions.

    • Teebee says:

      Was thinking the same thing…🙄

  17. JV says:

    I administer the Montreal Cognitive Test (MoCA) multiple times a day, and let me tell you, a lot of people “ACE” it… Not quite the super-genius he thinks. FFS, it’s not even an IQ test, it basically tests how your brain processes different types of information. It takes 10 min to administer. It’s not even a full cognitive test, it’s a screening tool- poor performance triggers a more comprehensive test.

  18. Rapunzel says:

    He passed his cognitive tests like I’m married to Keanu Reeves: only while dreaming.

  19. Rapunzel says:

    Meanwhile, this maniac is lying that 1/5 of mail in votes will be fraudulent. And saying it could take “months” to determine the election. This crazy mofo knows he’s gonna lose and is preparing a big stink before he goes, trying to burn the house down on the way out.

    I’m seriously never gonna forgive the Trumpsters for voting this asshole in.

    • Ocean Girl says:

      Exactly. They will probably accuse Biden of stealing when he wins. I’ve already seen that on facebook.

  20. Chickaletta says:

    The doctors said he aced the test, better than anyone ever. Sure, and then everybody got up and clapped.

    President of the United States is the hardest job that there is. In the country, absolutely, maybe even in the world. It has been documented that there is a marked physical toll that it takes. Trump is a sad sack excuse for a president, sure, so the toll might be less, but he was also in poor health to begin with and he isn’t doing anything to take care of himself. At this point, even if he is re-elected, I just can’t imagine his body will hold up for another 4 years at this.

  21. Heather says:

    FTD – Frontal Temporal Dementia. He has it.

    • Ws says:

      Spelling frontotemperal dementia. No need for capital letters. Because I’m a geek like that.

  22. KellyRyan says:

    Biden stated he has submitted 23 years of tax returns. Truth or rumor? Biden will only debate Drumpf if he submits his tax returns. What the D does when he is aware enough to know the public is aware, e.g., trip to Walter Reed accompanied by a physician, he lies as a cover for the truth.

  23. Eleonor says:

    I would be surprised too.

  24. Sumodo1 says:

    Herkaleez! Herkaleez! Herkaleez! That’s what 45 expects his staff to clap and cheer like he’s a little boy seeking approval. When his staffers stop clapping, out they go. Jeff Sessions, does this ring a bell?

  25. Zoya says:

    Ugh…he is beyond stupid

  26. Sparky says:

    To me Trump is saying that the docs were surprised that he’s such a genius. Remember he told us that he’s a science genius which is evidenced by the fact that he shares genes with an uncle who had been a professor at MIT. IIRC, he announced that at a visit to the CDC and then within a week or so came his touting of the use of bleach.

    (My college has cross-registration with MIT and this art history major took an architecture class there. Based on his logic I’m due for the Nobel Prize in physics any day now.)

  27. Sean says:

    I’ve suspected for a while now that Trump may not make it to November. He’s in obvious mental decline. Whether it’s from lifelong drug abuse, frontotemporal dementia, neurosyphilis, Parkinson’s, I don’t know but he’s failing. If the Republicans want to survive this at all they will replace him ASAP!

  28. lowercaselila says:

    So here’s my question. Can we ask a few former Presidents if they were ever even given cognitive test? My guess here is Trump was given one because they/ his enablers/ advisors/family are concerned about his mental health. I wonder if he had a stroke a few months back when he was rushed to Walter Reed on the weekend.

  29. Mari says:

    He doesn’t realize that saying his doctors were surprised is not a compliment to him. smh

    That said, the only thing he passed is gas.

  30. Thea says:

    Did he pay someone to take it like his sats?

  31. Linda says:

    I am so sorry, U.S., that you are going through this. I hope the next election saves you. I really love you guys and what you stand for and can’t believe the challenges you are facing. My grandmother was born in Minnesota and I have American cousins. Hang in there. Things will get better.

    Your Neighbour in Canada.

  32. Bread and Circuses says:

    Him saying this means nothing. His narcissistic personality disorder doesn’t allow him to talk about himself as anything other the The Greatest Ever.

    That’s why he struggled to talk about his covid-19 tests in any way that made sense. All he had to say he was that he tested “negative” but instead he was blurting about being negative in the most positive way, and other such nonsense.

    He is mentally unfit. Always has been.