Tillerson’s rumored ‘moron’ remark sparks hilarious offer from those best equipped to judge

The media has descended into reporting on the White House’s equivalent of a middle school drama, with NBC News reporting last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had referred to the president as a “moron.” Tillerson held a brief press conference to deny the allegations. It seemed odd that a press conference would be needed for something so petty, but perhaps Tillerson gave it to thwart the narrative of conflict that has emerged.

During an interview with Forbes, Trump said that he didn’t think Tillerson made the aforementioned comments, and added a joke afterward: “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,” Trump said. The high-IQ society, Mensa, couldn’t help but see the comment as a perfect opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight (hey, they are geniuses after all).

According to The Hill:

Mensa says it’s willing to host President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a battle of the brains. The Hill reached out to the geniuses at 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.

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.”

A funny gesture for sure — but given the number of hours their test takes, perhaps there’s a more constructive use of time for all.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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