Donald Trump’s love for dictators is certainly no well-kept secret these days. In fact, Trump’s own former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed as much during a recent appearance on ABC’s The View, when she said of the ex-president’s thoughts on Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, “In my experience with him, again, I’ll just say — he loved the dictators. He loved the people who could kill anyone, including the press.”
This was a fact about Trump that was sickening enough before the current state of affairs. It’s enough to make you deathly ill now that Putin has violently invaded and attack the country of Ukraine while Trump continues to publicly praise him.
But Trump himself took things a disgusting step further still during an address he made at the Heritage Foundation’s annual leadership conference in Florida at the Ritz-Carlton resort on Amelia Island earlier this week.
The former president’s nauseating remarks kicked off with him once again (for what seems like the millionth time now) bragging about how he “aced” a cognitive test all the way back in 2018, which resulted in the press going from depicting him as dumb to depicting him as a “dictator.”
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“Which would you rather be, a dumb person or a dictator?” Trump said to the crowd during the event. “Perhaps a dictator would be better. I don’t want to be a dumb person.”
Trump: First they said not too smart…But then, they made me a dictator instead. Which would you rather be, a dumb person or a dictator? Perhaps a dictator would be better. I don’t want to be a dumb person. pic.twitter.com/qWstmJkVAj
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 21, 2022
Experts have long been warning not only of Trump’s clear high regard for strong-armed dictators on the world stage, but his own authoritarian tendencies and fantasies that clearly reached a crescendo on January 6th, 2021.
But according to Trump, the talks of his big dictator-esque were only born of him acing this so-called cognitive test that, he believes, made it impossible for the press to continue to label him as dumb.
“First they said, ‘Not too smart,'” the ex-president said earlier in the speech. “Well that all went away, and I said, ‘Doc Ronny [Jackson], I gotta take a test.’ He said, “You know the problem is, sir, this is essentially a public place.’ One of the great hospitals of the world, right? You have a series of doctors sitting there and all, and if you do badly, the word’s gonna get out … And I did it in front of a panel, and we aced it. And the one person said, ‘That’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone ace it.’ So all of that stuff stopped … but then they made me a dictator instead.”
The “cognitive test” that Trump is referring to here was actually the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, and it’s specifically designed to be easy questions, as it’s used as a screening tool for dementia.
This same test was also the source of the infamous, viral “person, woman, man, camera, TV” incident back in June 2020.
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