President Donald Trump bragged on Tuesday that he would beat Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an IQ test and Mensa says it’s time to prove it.
Trump challenged Tillerson to a battle of the brains, so to speak, in an interview with Forbes published on Tuesday — Tillerson allegedly once called Trump a “moron” (or “f—king moron” depending on the report). The State Department has denied Tillerson made the comment.
“I think it’s fake news,” Trump told Forbes of Tillerson’s “moron” remark, “but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.” (Which, of course, left many wondering what is Donald Trump’s IQ?)
“American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson,” Charles Brown, the organization’s communications director, told the Hill.
Trump has often talked about his “very high IQ,” but like his tax returns, the president hasn’t ever produced any documentation to back that up.
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure,it’s not your fault
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2013
“If only there was an organization known for measuring IQ…,” Mensa quipped on Twitter Tuesday after news of Trump’s comments hit the news cycle.
Will Trump or Tillerson take Mensa IQ test?
Neither Trump nor Tillerson have taken Mensa up on its offer yet, or even responded, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that Trump’s comment “a joke and nothing more than that.”
Mensa — or the “high IQ society” — credits itself as the world’s largest organization of people with very high IQs, boasting 50,000 U.S. members and more than 130,000 worldwide. To qualify, applicants must score in the 98th percentile or above.
The organization used the high-profile intelligence battle to poke fun at President Trump and plug itself — later Tuesday Mensa released a statement titled “Mensa IQ Tests Abound in October – Politicians Welcome.”
“American Mensa members come from all walks of life: ground-breaking researchers, smart actors who play dumb on TV, championship-bound (eventually) football coaches — even politicians. Their beliefs and jobs are trumped by their IQ scores. At Mensa, all brilliance is welcome.”
The release included a link on where to take a Mensa test near you.