|Famous For: 45th President of the United States, business man, reality-television personality||Currently Known For: President of the United States|
Currently Known For President of the United States
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate." Whether you love him or hate him, former reality television star and business mogul Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States when he was inaugurated in January of 2017. Trump has certainly been one of the most boastful presidents of all-time, especially when it comes to his personal accomplishments.
Trump does have a lot to be proud of in terms of his business acumen, as he was able to become a billionaire through multiple ventures that included real estate, licensing and his own personal brand that made him a television personality. Before breaking into business, though, Trump had to do what most of us did, and that’s go through school.
Trump attended the New York Military Academy when he was 13 years old, and the private school was seen as a form of punishment. In the 1960s, he attended Fordham University and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he attended the Wharton School. While the school is known for his top level MBA program (ranked number one in the world), Trump was interested in the real estate program that was offered at very few colleges. In 1968, Trump would graduate from the school with his Bachelor of Science in economics.
Shortly after he was elected president in November 2016, there were some claims that Trump would qualify among the smartest presidents with an IQ of 156. This would have put him right near the top of the list, but the original study turned out to be a hoax in 2001 that was mainly put in place to devalue the intelligence of former president George W. Bush.
In the years since, however, more accurate studies have given us new estimates that said John Quincy Adams would have been first in the ranking with an IQ of 165, which would still put Trump in second place if his reported IQ from late 2016 turned out to be true. Snopes did some fact checking on Trump’s reported IQ, and did their own research on what Trump’s estimated IQ would actually be.
An IQ of 156 would put Trump into the smartest 0.01 percent of the entire world and an absolute genius. Many people associate a high IQ with Mensa, as you have to be in the 98th percentile in IQ to qualify. If Trump’s score were 156, he would belong to an even more exclusive club known as the Triple Nine Society, where you have to be in the top 0.1 percent. 156 gets you in there comfortably, and there are fewer than 2,000 people in the world in the Triple Nine Society.
Nailing down Trump’s exact IQ is a bit tough as estimates tend to take SAT scores, and the average SAT score to get into Wharton would’ve put Trump certainly at a high IQ, and only slightly less than what was reported at 156. Trump also hasn’t been afraid to talk about his own IQ, bringing it up pretty consistently without giving a definitive number.
In 2013, Trump tweeted out “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” Yes, that is a real quote. When someone called him out on giving his actual IQ number, he just told them “The highest, a**hole!” Again, a real quote.
The man who came up with the 2006 study to reevaluate the previous hoax, Dean Keith Simonton, has responded to Trump’s insistence that he’s among the smartest people alive “Unfortunately given all of the attention recently attached to (Trump’s) intelligence, nobody has tried to follow up my 2006 study...There’s something very striking about (Trump’s) insistence that he is both very stable and extremely intelligent. It comes across as very defensive, like he’s discussing aspects of his person which he feels vulnerable.”
Simonton also called out Trump himself, saying “If he’s actually taken an IQ test, then why not report the results? I think we can guess why.”
Some experts have stated that due to Trump’s academic accomplishments, it would be unfair to say that he has a low intelligence. Then again, those who are more critical of Trump say that most of those accomplishments were simply achieved as he was in a powerful family that caused him to coast by. Until he takes an IQ test and shares the results with the world, we can only estimate Trump’s intelligence.
Linguistic experts have also said that Trump’s speech pattern and vocabulary levels are actually on the level of an elementary school child. Trump has many variations of the same words, leaning heavily on adjectives like “great” or “very” and can tend to use only the same multisyllabic words like “tremendous” or “huge.” Critics point out that Trump is frequently misspelling words when he gets to his favorite website; Twitter.
With all of that in mind, including Trump’s Twitter quote where he says “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” professionals say that Trump has an above average intelligence, but doesn’t show the signs of being a genius that he’s boasted in the past. These experts have said that Trump’s hiding of his IQ test results, college or high school transcripts and lack of honor rolls or dean’s list appearances suggest that he is around the 120 to 125 IQ mark.
Again, that’s certainly not a low IQ, and anything between 120 to 140 would put him in the near genius category. Even anything above a 109 is considered to be of high intelligence, which Trump seems to be. In terms of presidents, however, that would actually rank him one of the lowest presidents depending on where he falls in that 120 to 140 range. 120 would rank him in the basement, while 140 gets him just outside of the top 10. Maybe someday, we’ll get that exact number.