Donald Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden during an hour-long interview with Fox News Sunday, calling into question the presumed Democratic nominee’s mental state and bragging about the results of his own cognitive test.
‘Biden can’t put two sentences together,’ Trump asserted when he was told about a new Fox News poll showing the former vice president beating Trump in November.
‘They wheel him out,’ the president continued, suggesting he staged interviews. ‘He goes up – he repeats – they ask him questions. He reads a teleprompter and then he goes back into his basement.’
‘You tell me the American people want to have that in an age where we’re in trouble with other nations that are looking to do numbers on us,’ Trump said, adding that the poll numbers showing Biden winning are ‘fake.’
When Trump assured that Biden would be less mentally fit to serve in the White House, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace brought up the cognitive test the president boasted he ‘aced.’
Trump insisted that Biden would not do as well.
‘Well, I’ll tell you what, let’s take a test,’ Trump posed a challenge to Biden. ‘Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took.’
‘Incidentally, I took the test too when I heard that you passed it,’ Wallace revealed to Trump on-camera during in the interview.
‘Yeah, how did you do?’
‘It’s not – well it’s not that hardest test,’ Wallace said.
‘They have a picture and it says ‘what’s that’ and it’s an elephant,’ he continue, in an apparent mocking of the president.
Donald Trump bashed Joe Biden during an interview Sunday, calling into question the presumed Democratic nominee’s mental state and claiming he ‘can’t put two sentences together’
Trump then challenged Biden to a cognitive test, bragging about ‘acing’ his own. But Fox New Sunday host Chris Wallace (right) pushed back, claiming the test was ‘not that hard’
Wallace, a Democrat, appeared to mock the president, revealing that one of the questions showed a picture and wanted respondents to correctly identify that it was an ‘elephant’
Trump shot back: ‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t, they get very hard, the last five questions’
‘No no no. You see, that’s all misrepresentation,’ the president said of the version of the test that’s available online.
‘Yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t, they get very hard, the last five questions,’ Trump said of the test.
‘Well, one of them was count back from 100 by seven,’ Wallace continued, adding the first answer: ‘Ninety-three.’
‘You couldn’t answer many of the questions,’ Trump said of the Fox News host.
‘Ok, what’s the question?’ he challenged.
‘I’ll get you the test, I’d like to give it,’ the president continued. ‘I’ll guarantee you that Joe Biden could not answer those questions.’
‘OK,’ Wallace let up.
‘I answered all 35 questions correctly,’ the president touted again.
Trump also claimed that Biden would not be able to sit down in a lengthy one-on-one in-person interview the same way he did with Wallace.
‘Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy,’ Trump said. ‘He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home.”
Trump said Biden wouldn’t be able to sit down for an interview. ‘Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy,’ Trump said
Biden has created a makeshift television studio in his basement so he can show up for virtual or remote interview and other events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic
‘Well we’ve asked him for an interview, sir,’ Wallace revealed.
‘He can’t do an interview. He’s incompetent’ the president clapped back.
‘I’m going to ask you a direct question about Joe Biden. Is Joe Biden senile?’ Wallace, a Democrat, asked of the president.
‘I don’t want to say that,’ Trump conceded. ‘I’d say he’s not competent to be president.’
‘To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement,’ he said of the man he calls ‘Sleepy Joe.’
Trump is referencing Biden’s basement in Delaware, which he turned into a makeshift studio to show up for remote interviews and other virtual events as the coronavirus pandemic has sidelined the candidates to virtual campaigning.
The president finally held his first tele-rally on Friday after attempting to hold two in-person rallies in the post-coronavirus era – the first in Tulsa, Oklahoma yielding a dismal crowd of around 6,200 of the more than 19,000 stadium seats.
The other was an outdoor rally scheduled for earlier this month in New Hampshire, but it was postponed.
‘I called Michigan, I want to have a big rally in Michigan. Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Michigan?’ Trump scoffed. ‘Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Minnesota? Do you know we’re not allowed to have a rally in Nevada? We’re not allowed to have rallies.’
Rallies have come to a stop as states are experiencing a surge in the amount of coronavirus infections as massive nationwide Black Lives Matter protests ensued and lockdown orders began to loosen.
There are more than 3.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S., far more than any other country has reported, and the death toll has surpassed 140,000.
The death toll is only higher than other countries, Trump claims, because of the amount of testing available in the U.S.
A new Fox News poll released Sunday morning shows that 47 per cent of registered voters feel that Biden is mentally sound enough to serve as president.
On the other hand, only 43 per cent of the 1,104 respondents say Trump has the mental soundness to serve effectively in the White House.
Trump made a surprise visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in November, sparking speculation over if he was experiencing medical issues.
Earlier this month, the president bragged to Fox News host Sean Hannity that he ‘aced’ a ‘cognitive test’ that was administered ‘very recently’ and insisted that doctors at Walter Reed were ‘very surprised’ that he passed.
During that interview with Hannity, the president said that Biden ‘didn’t take a cognitive test because he couldn’t pass one.’
He added: ‘I actually took one very recently when I was – when the radical left was saying, is he all there, is he all there?’
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is a 10-minute test, which was created in 1996 so medical professionals could more easily identify mild cognitive dysfunction related to concentration, attention, memory, language, calculations, orientation, executive functions and visual skills.
The poll also shows Trump behind Biden by 8 percentage points.
‘I’m not losing, because those are fake polls,’ the president insisted. ‘They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake.’
Trump acknowledged to Wallace that he is a sore loser.
‘And you know why I won’t lose, because the country in the end, they’re not going to have a man who’s shot,’ he said of Biden.
‘He’s shot, he’s mentally shot,’ Trump continued. ‘Let him come out of his basement, go around, I’ll make four or five speeches a day, I’ll be interviewed by you, I’ll be interviewed by the worst killers that hate my guts. They hate my guts. There’s nothing they can ask me that I won’t give them a proper answer to. Some people will like it, some people won’t like it.’
Trump also lamented that outlets are not touting the amount of ‘enthusiasm’ his supporters have for his reelection.
‘There’s a number you don’t mention. It’s called the enthusiasm number,’ Trump said. ‘The enthusiasm for Trump is through the roof even higher than last time.’
‘The enthusiasm for Biden is nonexistent. Everyone knows he’s shot.’
‘Those people know I’m doing a good job, but there’s something in my personality that they don’t like because look, nobody’s done what I’ve done,’ he said before launching into a list of his presidential accomplishments.
Can YOU pass President Trump’s cognitive test?
This is a copy of the sheet the examiner and patient fill out during the 10-minute test
President Donald Trump received a perfect score on a standard cognitive assessment test, his doctor revealed in a White House briefing in January 2018.
The 10-minute test, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), was created in 1996 for medical professionals to identify mild cognitive dysfunction.
It assesses concentration, attention, memory, language, calculations, orientation, executive functions and visual skills.
Trump scored 30 out of 30. A score above 26 is deemed ‘normal,’ while anything lower than that is cause for concern.
Those who do well on the test do not need further cognitive examination.
The average score is 27.4. People with mild cognitive impairment score an average of 22.1, while Alzheimer’s patients tend to score around 16.
First used in Montreal, Canada, the test is now one of the most respected methods of assessing cognitive health worldwide, available in 55 languages and dialects, and formats for testing illiterate patients and in other cultural settings (by changing certain references).
Trump is the first U.S. president to undergo the test as part of his presidential physical.
This is how a doctor performs the test, and how a patient is graded:
1. ALTERNATING TRAIL MAKING
TEST: The patient is told to pair up five numbers and letters (1-5, A-E) in ascending order (pairing 1 with A, 2 with B, etc) while drawing connect-the-dots lines.
RESULT: The patient gets a point for every successful pair: 1-A; 2-B; 3-C; 4-D; 5-E. No lines can be crossed. The patient earns 0 if they make a mistake that is not immediately corrected.
2. VISUOCONSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS (CUBE)
TEST: Draw your own version of the cube in the space next to it.
It must be exactly the same as the one printed on the page.
RESULT: One point if it is drawn correctly (i.e. three-dimensional, all lines are drawn, no line is added, lines are relatively parallel and their length is similar – no point if any of those criteria are missing).
3. VISUOCONSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS (CLOCK)
TEST: Draw a clock, putting in all the numbers and set the time to 10 minutes past 11 o’clock.
RESULT: One point is allocated for each of the following three criteria:
- Contour (ONE POINT): the clock face must be a circle with only minor distortion acceptable (i.e. slight imperfection on closing the circle).
- Numbers (ONE POINT): all clock numbers must be present with no additional numbers; numbers must be in the correct order and placed in the approximate quadrants on the clock face. Roman numerals are acceptable. Numbers can be placed outside the circle contour.
- Hands (ONE POINT): there must be two hands jointly indicating the correct time; the hour hand must be clearly shorter than the minute hand. Hands must be centered within the clock face with their junction close to the clock center.
A point is not assigned for a given element if any of the above-criteria are not met.
TEST: Name each animal.
- Rhinoceros (or rhino)
- Camel (or dromedary)
RESULT: One point for each
The doctor tells the patient that they are going to read a list of words that the patient must remember. At the end the patient has to tell them as many as they remember; it doesn’t matter what order.
The doctor then reads five words, one per second:
FACE, VELVET, CHURCH, DAISY, RED
As the patient recites the words, the doctor marks a check in the box for each word said aloud.
The patient indicates when they have recalled all they can.
The doctor reads the list a second time. At the end the patient has to recall all of them again.
As the patient recites the words, the doctor marks a check in the box for each word said aloud – including the first five again.
The patient indicates when they have recalled all they can.
At the end of the test, the doctor asks the patient to recall the five words, unprompted. This is the part of the test that is scored.
SCORING: No plus points, only minus if they get it wrong.
Recall numbers: The doctor reads a list of five numbers at a rate of one number per second; the patient recalls them exactly as they were said:
2 1 8 5 4
Recall numbers backwards: The doctor reads three numbers at a rate of one number per second; the patient recalls them backwards:
7 4 2
SCORING: One point per sequence correctly recited.
TEST (LETTERS): The doctor reads a list of letters at a rate of one per second. Every time they say the letter ‘A’, the patient has to tap their hand:
F B A C M N A A J K L B A F A K D E A A A J A M O F A A B
SCORING: One point if there is zero errors or just one error (i.e. the patient tapped their hand on another letter just once).
TEST (MATH): The patient starts at 100, then must count down by subtracting seven every time, until the examiner tells them to stop:
SCORING: Total of three points.
- No points if there are no correct subtractions
- One point for just one correct subtractions
- Two points for two or three correct subtractions
- Three points for four or five correct subtractions
If the first subtraction is wrong, but each subsequent subtraction follows the pattern of seven, they still earn every other point. For example, they may say ’92 – 85 – 78 – 71 – 64′. While ’92’ is incorrect, all subsequent numbers are subtracted by seven, meaning they only made one mistake, and would a score of three.
7. SENTENCE REPETITION
Step one: The examiner reads this sentence, and the patient has to repeat it exactly: ‘I only know that John is the one to help today’.
Step two: The examiner then reads another sentence, with the same instruction: ‘The cat always hid under the couch when dogs were in the room’.
SCORING: One point for each correct sentence.
- Exact repetition
- No synonyms substituted (i.e. it must be ‘hid’ not ‘hides’)
8. VERBAL FLUENCY
TEST: The doctor reads out a letter (F), and the patient has to think of words that starts with that letter. The aim is to reach 11 words or more in 60 seconds.
- The words cannot be proper nouns, like Bob or Boston
- The words cannot be the same sounding word but with different suffixes (like love, lover, loving)
SCORING: One point if they reach 11 words or more in one minute.
TEST: The patient has to describe what the relationship is between certain words (i.e, an orange and a banana; a train and a bicycle; a ruler and a watch).
There is one practice trial (ORANGE AND BANANA) before two scored pairs (TRAIN AND BICYCLE; WATCH AND RULER).
SCORING: One point for each of the last two pairs.
- Train and bicycle: means of transport, means of traveling, used to take trips
- Ruler and watch: means of measurement, measuring instruments
- Train and bicycle: they have wheels
- Ruler and watch: they have numbers
10. DELAYED RECALL
TEST: The patient has to recall all the words they heard earlier (FACE, VELVET, CHURCH, DAISY, RED).
SCORING: One point for each word recalled (with no cues from the examiner).
TEST: Say the exact date, and the name of the place they are in, including the city.
SCORING: One point for each correct answer. No points if they make any errors.
Add up all the points accumulating, adding a point if the patient has fewer than 12 years of formal educations.
- Around 16: cognitive health of an Alzheimer’s patient
- Around 22: cognitive health of someone with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Above 26: Normal
- 30: Perfect score (Trump scored 30/30).