Bring on the IQ test — Mensa says it’s willing to host President Trump and Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in a battle of the brains.
In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Trump suggested he and Tillerson — who allegedly once called the President a “moron” — go head-to-head in an intelligence quotient showdown. The State Department has denied Tillerson ever made the comments. Trump states that it is FAKE NEWS. However, Trump apparently joked that if he did battle Tillerson over an I.Q test saying, “And I can tell you who is going to win.”
Mensa — which describes itself as “an international society whose only qualification for membership is a score in the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized intelligence test” — and asked if they’d be willing to take Trump’s suggestion.“American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson,” said Charles Brown, the group’s communications director.
When asked if any American president or Cabinet member has ever taken a Mensa admissions test before, Brown pointed out that while the group can confirm membership, it doesn’t release who’s actually taken the brain-busting exam.
“But it’s important to note that our admissions test is not the sole way to qualify for Mensa — there are hundreds of other prior-evidence tests that can qualify a member,” Brown said. “And the early success of many presidents no doubt exposed them to those types of qualifying avenues.”
Naming former President Clinton’s experience as a Rhodes Scholar, Jimmy Carter’s work as a nuclear engineer and George H.W. Bush’s time as a military pilot, Brown told us, “Each could have encountered standardized academic tests (LSAT, GMAT, Miller Analogies), where qualifying scores would have propelled them into Mensa.