After Donald Trump bragged about passing a cognitive test that was designed to detect signs of dementia, CNN's Jonathan Reiner took to X to offer a possible diagnosis of the former President.
In a speech in Las Vegas on Saturday, former Republican President Donald Trump once again bragged about his performance on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) he took in 2020.
According to healthcare references:
"The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a test used to detect mild cognitive decline and early signs of dementia. It can help identify people at risk of Alzheimer's disease and screen for conditions like Parkinson's disease, brain tumors, substance abuse and head trauma."
Stating again how difficult the test was, Trump told the gathered Las Vegas crowd only about 2% of the people in his audience could pass the test.
You can see Trump's remarks here:
Dr. Jonathan Reiner—professor of medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC—had some feedback for those impressed by Trump's boast.
Dr. Reiner—an author and CNN medical analyst—posted:
"If you think a dementia screening test is very difficult, you may have early dementia."
Dr. Reiner—who serves as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at The George Washington University Hospital—added:
"This is why the former president mentions his dementia testing every day."
The post included a clip of Trump's 2024 election rival—and former Trump administration member—Nikki Haley saying the GOP presidential frontrunner is in cognitive decline.
People concurred with the doctor's observations.
@JReinerMD @AmyBlueGal2020 When would any physician ask a patient to take a cognitive test?\n\n1. When the physician doesn't know the patent well, but observes odd behavior.\n\n2. When the physician knows the patient well, and observes odd behavior.\n\nThat's why his physicians keep giving him that test.— (@)
Others found Trump's insulting 98% of his own supporters both amusing and telling.
Trump's constant references to his MoCA results are seen as a strange flex for everyone outside the MAGAsphere, including the person who developed the test.
Dr. Ziad Nasreddine told MarketWatch:
"It is supposed to be easy for someone who has no cognitive impairment."
So what does it mean when someone struggles with it because it was really difficult for them?
Donald Trump continues to lead the ever-diminishing pack for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Of the twelve Republicans who originally challenged Trump, all but Nikki Haley have suspended their campaigns.
The GOP also-rans include Trump's former Vice President, three former GOP governors, one current governor, a current and a former member of Congress, a mayor, two entrepreneurs, and a right-wing talk radio host.