Trump Says He's a Genius. These Other Presidents Actually Were

1/7/2018 - Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology Dean Simonton in the Washington Post.

President Trump says he’s a genius. Sometimes people even say it for him.

“You’re an F-ing genius,” someone wrote to him on Twitter in 2013. “I.Q. tests confirm!” Trump replied. In fact, he wrote this weekend, his lifetime of success in business, TV and politics “would qualify as not smart, but genius . . . and a very stable genius at that!”

He has been somewhat less enthusiastic about providing evidence of his intelligence.

In 2006, a psychologist at the University of California at Davis applied a statistical algorithm to reams of presidential biographies, surveys, polls and other historical sources, and concluded that the smartest man to have occupied the White House was our sixth president, John Quincy Adams.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

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