Sadiq Khan Should Accept Donald Trump’s IQ Test Challenge


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19 Responses

  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    If he took the challenge, Trump would back down, equivocate about why, and tweet something new and wonderfully offensive to distract the media from his cowardice.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater says:

      “I know the tests. I took all the best tests. I did a great job. Just tremendous. Believe me. But all those tests – they’re stacked like THIS, most people’s tests are small, mine are THIS HIGH – they’re under audit. Can’t show you. That’s what happens. So big, tho. Bigly. Not sad. Believe me.”Report

    • Avatar Troublesome Frog says:

      I don’t know about that. I’m not entirely convinced that he’s a pure con man with a realistic view of the world. He may very well believe he has one of the highest IQs on Earth. Seeing how responded would actually be pretty interesting. Does he know he’s a bit of a dunce or does he believe his own PR?Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        “Who knew taking an intelligence test could be so hard?”Report

      • Avatar pillsy says:

        Hell, he could have a high IQ, or at least have had a high IQ when he was tested way back when.

        There are some amazingly dumb motherfuckers with high IQs out there.Report

    • Avatar Vikram Bath says:

      It’s quite possible Trump would back down, but that doesn’t mean you don’t force him to actually do it. Those in the audience will know what it meansReport

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        I agree. It would be a display of childish power concepts, but that’s the level Trump operates in. He would never accept that challenge because merely agreeing to it would mean (to Trump) that the other kid already won: he compelled Trump to take the test.Report

  2. Avatar pillsy says:

    Traditionally, the one who is challenged gets the choice of weapons.

    Nonetheless, Mr Khan should totally do this.Report

  3. Avatar veronica d says:

    This would be pretty great. The question is, how to avoid cheating. My read is, there is no way in hell Trump would step up and take a fair, objectively graded test. It’s just, the risks.Report

  4. Avatar George Turner says:

    Trump, being a very slight bit narcissistic, has probably taken quite a lot of IQ tests, which is why he issued the challenge. My guess is that he’s 150 or higher, given that he ran circles around some of the roughest sharks in one of the world’s toughest high-stakes real-estate markets. He’s also the kind of person that would likely have studied all the tricks and techniques for scoring well.Report

  5. Avatar Damon says:

    Either way, it’s political gold level entertainment.Report

  6. Avatar Kazzy says:

    As delightfully delicious as this idea is… how does it differ from all the other “tests” we anticipated Trump would fail, watched him fail, and watched as it matter not a bit.

    If Trump wins, Trumpers will tout how much smarter he is than the dirty A-Rab.
    If Trump loses, Trumpers will tout how much smarter he is than the dirty A-Rab.

    Isn’t it obvious that support for Trump is predicated on a denial of reality?

    Oh… wait… shit… Hi Miners! You guys are swell!Report