Was President Trump joking about challenging his secretary of state to an IQ test?
That’s what the presidential press secretary claims, as the latest tweet controversy involves Trump’s suggestion that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson take IQ tests to see who is smarter — after Tillerson allegedly once called Trump a “moron” (or worse).
“I think it’s fake news,” Trump said of Tillerson’s “moron” comment, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”
So someone threw together a petition that reads in part:
A group called Mensa, a society in which membership requires being in the top two percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test, has said they’d facilitate the test for Trump.
If Trump is so confident he has a high IQ, we would love to see proof. Sign this petition to tell Trump to take an IQ test and make the results public.
The Hill quoted Charles Brown, Mensa’s communications director as saying: “American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson.”
Meanwhile, hoax-busting site Snopes dredged up an old post the debunks a claim that Trump has a IQ of 156.
Snopes said: “This article is chock-full of logical missteps and factual inaccuracies. Donald Trump’s official school transcripts are not available, so it is impossible to know his actual scholastic aptitude scores. While the article’s author used Wharton’s general admission requirements to estimate Trump’s IQ, the math still doesn’t quite add up.”
On Twitter, amateur IQ sleuths are having a field day.