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Part 29 of "Conflicts During
President Trump's Administration"

Late 2020-July to early September:
President Trump passes
a MoCA mental assessment test.
Civil rights lawyer writes inflammatory book.
President Trump refused to visit a
military gravesite in France:

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President Trump vs. the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test (MoCA):

The MoCA test was created in by Dr. Ziad Nasreddine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada during 1966. It is a series of tasks and questions that evaluate a person's mental state: ranging from normal, having mild to advanced cognitive impairment, all the way to mild Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia. It is currently used in more than 200 countries worldwide. 1

The MoCA test contains many parts. For example it typically involves:

  • The numbers 1 to 5 and letters A to E are printed in a sheet which is given to the person taking the test. The subject is asked to draw a series of lines joining, in sequence, 1, A, 2, B, 3, C, 4, D, 5, and E.

  • The person is asked to draw an image of an analog clock face, mark it with numbers 1 to 12, and to add hour and minute hands showing a specific time: 11:10 as I recall.

  • Drawings of a lion, rhinoceros, and a camel are shown to the subject, who is asked to identify each species by name.

  • A series of five words is read out. In the MoCA test that I took recently, I think that it was: Train, Dog, Church, Daisy, Red. In President Trump's case it has been reported as: Person, Woman, Man, Camera, and TV. The subject is asked to repeat them back immediately, and also five to ten minutes later in the test.

  • A list of letters of the alphabet is read out loud, and the subject is asked to tap the table whenever an "A" is said.

  • The subject is asked to count downwards, starting at 100, subtracting 7 each time.

  • The subject is asked to name the current date, the location where the test is taking place, and the city. 2

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A personal note by the Web master:

By coincidence, I took the MoCA test last week at the Kingston Psychiatric Centre in Kingston ON, Canada. I have had diabetes for almost three decades. One evening, I made a mistake while injecting insulin. I picked up the wrong injection pen, and accidentally gave myself a large injection of fast acting insulin instead of a small injection of slow acting insulin. My blood glucose dropped to 1.9 mmol/L, which is equivalent to about 34 mg/dL (the units used in the U.S.). The value is supposed to be between 4 and 8 mmol/L, which is equivalent to about 72 to 144 mg/dL. (Values in the U.S. are 18 times higher than in Canada and in most other countries because they are measured in different units). 3

My doctor gave me the test to determine if my brain may have suffered as a result of the insulin error.

Many people have difficulty with the series of five words in the MoCA test. In my case, they were Train, Dog, Church, Daisy, Red. I attempted to link the five words together in a sequence of rather improbable events in which a train hit a dog which flew through the air towards a church, and landed in a bed of daisies which were red: a rather odd sequence of events, but it helped me recall the sequence a few seconds later and also a few minutes later.

In President Trump's case, the words were reported to be Person, Woman, Man, Camera, and TV. These words had obvious links to each other: Most persons describe themselves as either a woman or a man. One could imagine a person being interviewed by male and female reporters, some carrying either a digital camera or a TV camera. It seems to me that the version given to President Trump would be much easier to recall than mine! That is curious, because the test is supposed to give a reliable assessment of a person's mental state. The various versions of the same test should be of equal difficulty and give the same results.

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Leading civil rights lawyer writes inflammatory book:

Burt Neuborne is a constitutional scholar, and is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties at the NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice. He has participated in more than two hundred cases at the U.S. Supreme Court and/or involving Holocaust reparation litigation! He has sued every President of the U.S. since L.B. Johnson! During 2019-AUG, published his latest book, titled:

"When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic." It is available in both hardcover and Kindle formats.

It questions whether federal government can restrict power grabs by President Trump and the Republican Party. At this time, U.S. conservatives and liberals are in strong opposition over a wide range of topics: racism, a woman's choice whether to have an abortion, equal rights for the LGBT community, the nature of homosexuality, the source of transgender beliefs, DACA protections, all aspects of climate change, etc. Fortunately, a series of constitutional protections form a wall protecting human rights in the U.S.

Neuborne has opposed former presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Ford, Nixon, and Reagan. He writes:

"But I never felt a sense of existential dread. I never sensed that the very existence of a tolerant democracy was in play. ..."

"Much of Trump’s rhetoric -- as a candidate and in office -- mirrors the strategies, even the language, used by Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s to erode German democracy. ..."

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In his book, he describes twenty ways in which President Trump is copying Hitler's early rhetoric and policies. 4

A Google search for trump "mein kampf bedside" found about 339,000 hits on the Internet. President Trump has been said to have kept his copy of Mein Kampf (My Struggle) by his bedside. It is the 1925 autobiographical manifesto by the German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. He has denied this. 4

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2020-SEP-03 to 08: Controversy over President Trump alleged refusal to visit a French military grave site:

Jeffrey Goldberg, wrote an article for The Atlantic web site that was very critical of President Trump, saying:

"The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members, and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.

Goldberg wrote that:

"President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018 ..."

"Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, 'Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.' In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood, France, during the first world war as 'suckers' for getting killed." 5

John Roberts, et al. disagreed with Goldberg's article and wrote for Fox News:

" President Trump canceled a planned 2018 trip to a cemetery for American war dead in France because of the weather and not because of disdain for the slain soldiers who are buried there or concern about how the weather would affect his hair, two sources told Fox News. ... The White House had said at the time the decision was made because of poor weather for flying Marine One [helicopter] and the fact that the cemetery was too far a distance for a motorcade to drive." 6

President Trump tweeted:

"The Atlantic Magazine is dying, like most magazines, so they make up a fake story in order to gain some relevance. Story already refuted, but this is what we are up against. Just like the Fake Dossier. You fight and and fight, and then people realize it was a total fraud!" 6

Ishaan Tharoor with Ruby Mellen, writing for The Washington Post, referred to the:

"... Thursday night bombshell from the Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg" about 'suckers' and 'losers'."  7

They wrote that:

"Goldberg cited the firsthand accounts of four anonymous high-level officials as evidence, prompting Trump and his allies to howl once more about 'fake news' and the poisonous agendas arrayed against them. ... Moreover, the conspicuous unwillingness of prominent retired generals and key former Trump officials ... to defend the president told its own story.8

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Akshay Syal, "Trump cognitive test: What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment exam?," NBC News, 2020-JUL-23, at:
  2. "MOCA-Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test Form,", undated, at:
  3. Joslin Education Team, "Conversion Table for Blood Glucose Monitoring," 2019, at
  4. Steven Rosenfield, "Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies," Common Dreams, 2019-AUG-09, at:
  5. Jeffrey Goldberg, "Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’," The Atlantic, 2020-SEP-03, at:
  6. John Roberts, et al., "Sources dispute claim Trump nixed visit to military cemetery over disdain for slain veterans, but back up parts of Atlantic report," Fox News, 2020-SEP-05, at:
  7. Ishaan Tharoor with Ruby Mellen, "Trump’s embrace of the military gets awkward, Washington Post, 2020-SEP, at:
  8. Paul LeBlanc & Zachary B. Wolf,"What Matters," CNN, 2020-SEP-06, at:

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Copyright © 2020 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2020-SEP-08
Author: B.A. Robinson

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