Trump really needs you to believe he’s smarter than the secretary of state

Are you smarter than a secretary of state?
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One time, I was playing Halo one-on-one with some random internet person, and I was beating the hell out of him, because I played a lot of Halo when I was 14, and I was pretty good, and at some point this internet person says he can bench like 200 pounds, and I was like “oh yeah, well I can bench more than that, you dummy” (which I definitely couldn’t), and then we yelled at each other through our cheap little headsets that our moms had probably bought us for our birthdays. 

This type of pissing match is what 14-year-old boys do on the internet, and yet, it is also pretty similar to the exact same thing the president of the United States, who is not a 14-year-old, is doing right now with the secretary of state. (Side note: Does the White House have an Xbox Live subscription? Maybe that’s a thing they should sneak into the defense budget.)

In an interview with Forbes published Tuesday, Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to an IQ test a week after news swirled about Tillerson having called the president a “moron” following a meeting in July.

Trump said the story was made up when asked about it last week, but Tillerson refused to deny the comment at a press conference. In the Forbes interview, Trump called the story “fake news,” then added, “if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”

I don’t really see how this is different from a politician of old challenging some other old man politician to a duel. Which, by the way, is probably where all this is headed, no? What is the “logical” culmination of a presidency run like a reality show? It has to be pay-per-view cage matches to decide policy and/or elections, right? And hey, not that holding a cage match to decide the presidency is a sign of a healthy democracy, but it would shorten the election cycle, which can’t be a bad thing.

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