We’ve all seen Donald Trump brag and boast endlessly about the cognitive test he took during his presidential term to test whether he was suffering mental decline. The phrase “person, woman, man, camera, tv” even took on life of its own as a meme after one interview.
Has anyone thought to question what would have happened if the test had demonstrated that the then-president was suffering mental decline, though?
Well, it turns out at least one person considered that: Trump himself.
When Trump talks, he talks a lot, changing subjects quickly and employing a stream-of-consciousness style. The two results of that are that it can be easy to overlook some of the details in his speeches, and that he sometimes lets things slip that perhaps he didn’t mean to.
Case in point: in the middle of this minute-and-a-half boast about the cognitive test (the first video below) Trump lets drop that before taking the test, he asked his doctor, Ronny Jackson (now a Congressman representing Texas and running for re-election) if he’d be able to keep the results secret if they weren’t favorable.
Trump shouts out South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who was in the news recently for fatally hitting a man with his vehicle and telling cops he hit a deer, despite having the man's glasses in his vehicle pic.twitter.com/i77yqMmVOx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 30, 2022
“I said, well, ‘would anyone know if I did badly?’ He said, well, it is Walter Reid, a lot of people see what’s happening, I’d better do well. He said, ‘What do you think?” I said, ‘I don’t know, I did pretty well in my life, let’s take it.'”
Of course, the former President has boasted ever since of his clearing the dementia screening, but admitting to that one question seems to hint that if he’d done less well, he might have fought to keep anyone from ever knowing he even attempted the screening.
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