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Person, woman, man, camera, TV

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Person, woman, man, camera, TV was a phrase spoken by U.S. president Donald Trump several times during a July 22, 2020 Fox News interview with Doctor Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at New York University.[1][2] The phrase was used by Trump to describe the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive test used for detecting cognitive impairment, that he had taken at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2018.[3]

The phrase has since become an internet meme and gone viral on numerous social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.[4][5]


On July 22, 2020, President Donald Trump was interviewed by Dr. Marc Siegel, a medical correspondent for Fox News. In the interview, Trump was asked about his overall mental capabilities by Siegel.[6] When asked, the president made reference to the MoCA, a cognitive test he had taken at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Describing the testing protocol, the president claimed that the exam was of little difficulty:[7]

It was 30 to 35 questions. The first questions are very easy. The last questions are much more difficult, like a memory question. It’s, like, you’ll go: Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV. So they’ll say, ‘Could you repeat that?’ So I said, ‘Yeah. So it’s: Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.’ If you get it in order you get extra points. Okay, now he’s asking you other questions, other questions, and then, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes later they say, ‘Remember that first question, not the first, but the 10th question? Give us that again. Can you do that again?’ And you go: ‘Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.’ If you get it in order, you get extra points. They said nobody gets it in order. It’s actually not that easy, but for me it was easy.

— Donald Trump, Fox News July 22, 2020 interview


In its immediate aftermath, the phrase has been parodied by celebrities,[8] Twitter users,[4] cartoonists,[9] and has been put on pieces of merchandise online.[10]

Trump's boast of his intellectual ability on the MoCA has garnered criticism from medical professionals, including those that administer MoCA tests.[11]

The MoCa "is a screening test," It’s not a diagnostic test, and more importantly, it’s not an IQ test. It doesn’t tell how smart someone is. It’s designed to be a relatively easy test because what you want to do is pick up people who have problems or possible problems.

— Dr. James Galvin, University of Miami, ‘Person, woman, man, camera, TV’: Trump slams Biden on mental sharpness in a presidential battle of septuagenarians, Baltimore Sun[11]

The phrase has also been used by former 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in response to an article about Matt Gaetz allegedly spending taxpayer money for a TV studio in his father's house, to which Gaetz responded with "Epstein. Flight logs. 26 trips. No Secret Service".[12] Comedian Sarah Cooper satirized the phrase in a YouTube video where she mainly lip-synced with the audio from the interview and acts in a comic way.[13] A mathematician named Dr. Mark Carney said the phrase doesn't work for a password security test because its easily guessable for hackers. Twitter users jokingly thought that Trump had made the new nuclear code.[14]

Noam Chomsky, incorrectly believing the test to be for dementia rather than mild cognitive impairment, philosophically said about the phrase on July 24, 2020 in a interview, "As you say, the test is given for dementia, incipient dementia, a serious mental illness, but, what can you say about a person, before speaking, before.. an adoring crowd, raises his eyes to heaven and calls himself the chosen one? What can you say about an administration where the secretary of state says "Perhaps, Trump has been sent by the good lord to save Israel from Iran."? The countries are being run by mad men."[15]

Jason Kravits turned the phrase into a tango called "The Padded Cell Block Tango" using footage from the 2002 film adaptation of the stage musical Chicago and the interview because he taught himself how to video edit in self isolation.[16]

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  10. Emmrich, Stuart (July 24, 2020). "Trump Bragged About It. Now You Can Wear It: 'Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.'". Vogue. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Lemire, Jonathan; Borenstein, Seth; Weissert, Will (July 24, 2020). "'Person, woman, man, camera, TV': Trump slams Biden on mental sharpness in a presidential battle of septuagenarians". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
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  14. Winder, Davey (July 26, 2020). "How Math Reveals 'Person Woman Man Camera TV' Doesn't Ace The Password Test". Forbes. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
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  16. Gallucci, Nicole (July 28, 2020). "We spoke to the guy who turned Trump's cognitive test into a catchy tango". Mashable. Retrieved July 28, 2020.

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