Donald Trump claims he’s not ‘cognitively impaired’ in response to Team DeSantis trolling

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What's in a name? The former President suggests it's not much.

Former President Donald Trump is responding to recurrent trolling about malapropisms on the campaign trail Monday, blaming the narrative in part on the Ron DeSantis’ political team.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump contends that whenever he “sarcastically insert(s) the name (Barack) Obama for (Joe) Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country, Ron DeSanctimonious and his failing campaign apparatus, together with the Democrat’s Radical Left ‘Disinformation Machine,’ go wild saying that ‘Trump doesn’t know the name of our President, (CROOKED!) Joe Biden. He must be cognitively impaired.'”

The former President then offers a counter-narrative: “No, I know both names very well, never mix them up, and know that they are destroying our Country.”

With their candidate down in polls, the DeSantis War Room has contended that the 77-year-old Trump has “confused Obama and Biden” on “a number of occasions,” spotlighting one seeming conflation of the two names.

DeSantis has also brought up the gaffes in questioning Trump’s fading cognititve ability.

“What Donald Trump does now is, he is wedded to the teleprompter; he can’t get off that teleprompter,” DeSantis said in October. “This is a different Donald Trump than in 2015 and 2016. He’s lost the zip on his fastball and has a sense of entitlement.”

However, the DeSantis camp isn’t alone in noticing the mixed-up names.

Forbes noted earlier this month that Trump mixed up names on seven different occasions. Among them were remarks delivered in New Hampshire where he mixed up “President Obama” and six other similar references.

Forbes notes that the Biden campaign “reshared a tweet from the DeSantis War Room account featuring a video of Trump referring to Sioux City, Iowa, as ‘Sioux Falls'” and that yet another clip showed conflation of “former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a September 25 speech in Summerville, South Carolina, and another incident in New Hampshire in October when he said (Viktor) Orban was the ‘leader of Turkey.'”

Trump notes that he “just took a cognitive test as part of (his) Physical Exam, and ACED it. Also ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House.” But clearly, doubts are mounting about his mental acuity, and it’s uncertain if a Truth Social post will quell that narrative.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    November 27, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Soon to come, Donald the Drooler.
    Droolin’ Donnie.

  • Kathryn A

    November 27, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Donald Trump always seems deranged, but much more so now and his fascist statements are coming more often and stronger in tone!

    • My Take

      November 27, 2023 at 11:29 am

      To me, the low point was when he wrote that parts of the Constitution should be suspended and the “rightful winner” (he, obviously) “⁸installed.”
      Others could argue that some of his verbal dancing with violence are worse.

      • Dont Say FLA

        November 27, 2023 at 1:21 pm

        I still no comprendo why the 2A crowd is in The Donald’s pocket when the absolutely shortest path to losing the 2A and having guns confiscated is one Donald J Trump

  • Impeach Biden

    November 27, 2023 at 11:28 am

    So far two spin meisters, completely ignoring the fact that Joe has full blown dementia. He is incompetent and incapable of running the country. However he is doing a good job ruining the country. Look no further than the Southern Border or inflation and crime.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 27, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Make that 3.

  • My Take

    November 27, 2023 at 11:36 am

    He runs little risk of ģettìng notably ďumber oŕ more detached than his fans
    His base is secure.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

      You referencing the Dementia and Fweedom supporters?

  • Michael K

    November 27, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Of course, he’s cognitively impaired. Remember when he told people to drink bleach to cure COVID? A pathological liar, compulsive grifter, and con man, he was (and is) the laughing stock of the free world – though a darling of Putin and anti-democratic authoritarians and dictators.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 27, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      A grifter and darling of Putin eh? Hilarious. Like him or hate him Trump made his money in the private sector. Biden has never had a real job. His salary has been paid by the taxpayers for years. So if Trump was a darling of Putin
      then why did Putin wait to invade Ukraine after “Dementia” Joe became CIC?

      • Michael K

        November 27, 2023 at 12:43 pm

        Trump inherited his fortune – and lost much of it, and has lied about his net worth. He was roundly despised in NYC, and has no knowledge (or respect) of the Constitution, or dedication to public service. He only serves himself.

        With decades of public service, as a US Senator, Vice-President, and POTUS, no one has more knowledge of history, US governance, and experience of national and global affairs than the current president.

        Public service is work.

        • rick whitaker

          November 27, 2023 at 8:02 pm

          michael k, everything you said to that idiot ” impeach biden ” was right on. but he is not able to accept the truth as fact based on the comments he routinely posts. trump’s ignorance and record is lost on haters.

      • Lapdog Lapado

        November 27, 2023 at 7:16 pm

        President Biden says ‘hi’ from inside your mind.

      • rick whitaker

        November 27, 2023 at 7:49 pm

        you are one of the dumbest posters i’ve seen on this site. you offer erroneous ” facts ” from the maga unisphere and nothing more. quit embarrassing yourself dude. start listening and stop talking long enough to learn fact from fiction. maybe after a few years you will have enough facts to intelligently talk to thinking smart people.

  • PeterH

    November 27, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Impeach Biden

      November 27, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      Republicans will save you from yourself and the continuing destruction of this once great country.

  • Dont Say FLA

    November 27, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Denial is the first sign of being cognitively impaired. The Donald should deny it all day every day and again each night at 2AM. Rhonda Dee, too. They both got troves of mental disorderedness imo

    • My Take

      November 27, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      Any decline in Tumpy is on top of substantial mental dysfunction..
      And I’d be curious to hear a psychiatrisť’s assessment of social-misfit DeSSantis.

  • My Take

    November 27, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Trumpy’s teched.

  • My Take

    November 27, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    “Trump notes that he “just took a cognitive test as part of (his) Physical Exam, and ACED it.”
    “Dog . . . Horse . . . Cow, no, no, I mean Goat . . . Çhicken . . . .”

  • Lapdog Lapado

    November 27, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    University of Florida turns against Joe Ladapo
    Colleagues say the state surgeon general rarely is on campus and has “sullied” the reputation of the flagship school.

  • MH/Duuuval

    November 28, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    Trump has been hung up on Obama since Obama made achieved his near-miracle victory in 2008. Early on Trump clothed himself in the birther suit and never gave that up until he was sworn in in 2016, when he shrugged his shoulders. This is a prime example of how racism will eat up your brain. Or, as was true of some many posers in US political history, Trump just knows his base. My guess: Both things are true.

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