Creator of Cognitive Test Challenges Trump's Mental Decline Defense

Recent Developments Cast Doubt on Trump's Cognitive Test Claims

by Zain ul Abedin
Creator of Cognitive Test Challenges Trump's Mental Decline Defense
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Former President Donald Trump's claims of mental acuity have come under scrutiny after he repeatedly boasted about passing a cognitive test, designed primarily for the elderly or stroke victims. This has raised questions amidst his recent public appearances, which were marked by several blunders and gaffes, sparking renewed debate over his mental sharpness.

Trump has long touted his performance on this test, often citing his ability to recall words like "Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV." in sequence, a feat he once proudly shared on Fox News. He initially took the test before losing the 2020 election and has frequently referred to it to counter claims about his mental decline.

MoCA Creator Disputes Trump

However, the credibility of his assertions took a hit when the creator of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), the question test, contradicted a key detail of Trump's narrative. In a recent report by The Washington Post, Canadian neurologist Dr.

Ziad Nasreddine pointed out that the test version Trump described, specifically mentioning a whale, does not exist in any of the three versions currently used. Dr. Nasreddine suggested that Trump might be misremembering the test or using a hypothetical example to describe it.

This revelation casts doubt on Trump's detailed account of the test and his supposed exceptional performance.

Internal Doubts and Rally Gaffes

Trump's reliance on this test as proof of his mental fitness has been a topic of amusement among Republican insiders.

At a meeting on June 4, 2020, Trump even proposed challenging Joe Biden to a similar cognitive test, an idea that was advised against by those present. One attendee later remarked on the peculiarity of the suggestion, highlighting the internal skepticism within Trump's circle regarding his focus on the test.

The former president's recent rally missteps, including confusing his GOP presidential opponent Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and alluding to running against former President Barack Obama, have only intensified the speculation about his mental state.

These incidents, coupled with the latest revelations about the cognitive test, add to the growing narrative questioning the robustness of Trump's mental faculties as he remains a central figure in American politics.