Last week several media outlets reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to President Donald Trump as a "moron" and threatened to quit the administration. Trump was supposedly irate over the new report, and Tillerson has not directly denied calling the president a moron. But Trump has a way to prove to his Secretary of State that he's not an idiot. No, it's not by doing a competent job as Commander-in-Chief. Instead, he wants them both to take an IQ test.
Forbes published an exclusive interview with President Trump today to discuss many aspects of his presidency. During the discussion, the topic of Tillerson calling him a moron came up, and Trump said the following:
"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."
So Trump is both saying that Tillerson didn't call him a moron, but if he did, he'll be happy to take time out of his day running the United States to take an IQ test with his most important Cabinet member to prove he's not stupid. Is it weird that I really, really want this to happen? Could you imagine if it did and it came out that Tillerson beat Trump easily? Or what about if Tillerson purposely does poorly on the test so Trump can win and they both end up with low scores? It's quite an indictment on an administration when the president challenging his own advisors to an IQ test is only a 4 out of 10 on a scale of craziest stories about the White House.
Ironically, one of the most commonly cited flaws of IQ tests is its ability to analyze a person's rational real-world decision making. That just happens to be the skill that is probably most important in a President of the United States of America. So even if Trump did above average on an IQ test, that would have virtually no standing on whether or not he will be a good leader.