Trump touts perfect cognitive test, then errs in endorsing ‘JD Mandel’

Former President Donald Trump, after bragging about an ‘aced’ cognitive test, said he endorsed ‘JD Mandel’ at a Save America rally on Sunday in Nebraska in an apparent reference to the candidate for Ohio JD Vance.

The blunder came after he also mocked President Joe Biden stumbling over a word in a music video. The former president was listing the candidates he supports when he made the blunder.

“You know, we endorsed Dr. Oz, we endorsed JP, right? JD Mandel, and he’s doing great. They’re all doing great,” Trump told the crowd at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood.

Vance is running for the Republican Senate nomination from Ohio against Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons in Tuesday’s primary.

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Former President Donald Trump said he endorsed “JD Mandel” in a gaffe during a speech at a Save America rally on Sunday in Greenwood, Nebraska. Above, he waves to the crowd during the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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The error came after Trump called on Biden to undergo cognitive testing and bragged about his own perfect results.

“Once and for all, Joe Biden should settle the matter by taking a cognitive test… releasing the results for the world to see,” Trump said.

Trump bragged about the results of his own cognitive test and said former White House physician Dr Ronny Jackson once called him “the perfect specimen”.

Trump said he took the test to “stop this bullshit” from people calling him, and that Jackson told him the test was “difficult”.

“I made it,” Trump said. “All good questions. One person said, ‘I’ve never seen anyone succeed before.'”

Earlier in the rally, Trump described Biden as someone who “embarrasses our country.”

“Meanwhile, we have a president who has no idea what’s going on, shaking his hand in the air, while Putin talks about nuclear weapons all the time,” Trump said.

Trump also showed a clip of the president speaking last week in which Biden fumbled over the word “kleptocracy.” Biden is open about his stutter, a struggle since childhood.

Trump was in Nebraska to support gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster, who has made headlines in recent weeks on charges of groping eight women, including Republican state Senator Julie Slama in 2019.

Nebraska’s primary is May 10.

Earlier in the rally, Herbster’s speech focused on immigration, China, and critical race theory.

“The illegals are after us, the drug dealers are after us,” Herbster said. “It’s happening in Nebraska. We have to stop it. I’ll meet them at the border.”

Herbster said he supports ‘legal immigration’ but offered a ‘checklist for Nebraska’ for those wishing to live there, saying they must ‘honor God, our flag and you must learn to speak English”.

Regarding education, he pledged to end critical race theory and remove sex education from schools.

“There will be no critical race theory in any school system, including college,” Herbster said.

Herbster called China “the worst enemy outside the borders of this country”.

“China, listen to me very carefully, China wants to bring us down. Do you understand that? Every day… infiltrating the United States of America. As your Governor, China will not buy an acre of land in the state of Nebraska.”

Trump’s rally was postponed from Friday due to inclement weather. He is expected to hold another rally on Friday in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in support of Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is seeking a nomination for retired U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s seat in the May 17 primary.

Newsweek contacted Trump for comment.

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