For months now, rumors have been circulating about there being tension between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, so it wasn’t particularly surprising when a report surfaced last week saying that Tillerson had referred to Trump as a “moron” behind closed doors.
It’s also not surprising that Trump hasn’t handled the news about Tillerson’s alleged name-calling well. During an interview with Forbes that was published on Tuesday, Trump even said that he and the secretary of state will need to “compare IQ tests.”
‘I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.’
After the interview was released, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced questions about whether or not Trump really thinks he’s smarter than Tillerson. Sanders brushed the question off, saying that Trump was just joking.
‘The President certainly never implied that the Secretary of State was not incredibly intelligent. He made a joke, nothing more than that.’
It’s possible, of course, that Trump really was just joking. However, he also has a history of obsessing over people’s IQs. CNN host Brooke Baldwin pointed this out on Tuesday afternoon:
‘If the press secretary thinks it’s a joke, he’s actually mentioned it like almost two dozen times.’
After making this comment, Baldwin went on to play a video clip featuring 22 times that Trump has talked about his or someone’s IQ over the last few years.
Some highlights from the clip include Trump’s claim that MSNBC host Chris Matthews has the “lowest IQ on television” and his claim that Governor Rick Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
The clip also includes the numerous times Trump has flat out described himself as having a high IQ. In 2013, for example, he tweeted:
‘I know some of you may think l’m tough and harsh but actually I’m a very compassionate person (with a very high IQ) with strong common sense’
He also said during a 2015 campaign event that he is smarter than conservative pundits George Will and Karl Rove.
‘I’m much smarter than them. I think I have a much higher IQ. I think I went to a better college — better everything.’
Watch the entire compilation in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image via Sean Gallup/Getty Images.