This Monday, Donald Trump responded on Truth Social, his alternative social media platform, to questions about his cognitive state in relation to the now repeated instances when he’s referred to Barack Obama when trying to discuss the current president.
He claimed to actually have a master plan behind the repeated misidentifications, suggesting that Obama was really somehow orchestrating supposedly unfolding destruction in the U.S. And for the umpteenth time, Trump bragged about passing a seemingly basic cognitive exam while in office… which was years ago. Seeming sensitive to questions about his aptitude, this has been an obsessive theme in Trump’s rhetoric over the years, including when he’s described himself as a “stable genius.”
“Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country,” observers question his grasp of current circumstances, Trump told his followers. “No, I know both names very well, never mix them up, and know that they are destroying our Country. Also, and as reported, I just took a cognitive test as part of my Physical Exam, and ACED it. Also ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House,” Trump added on the platform.
One could draw a connection, though, from Trump’s consistent promotion of the documented lie of systematic fraud in the last presidential race to questions of whether he’s really up for the task of serving as president again. He refuses to give up the conspiracy theories, which no evidence has substantiated. The potentially determinative court case in Colorado challenging his eligibility to return to power on the basis of his now judge-determined incitement of the Capitol riot in 2021 is scheduled for oral arguments before the Supreme Court in that state on December 6, though proceedings could easily continue well beyond that point.