Person, woman, man, camera, TV
"Person, woman, man, camera, TV" is a phrase that then-U.S. President Donald Trump used several times during a July 22, 2020, Fox News interview with Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at New York University. Trump used the phrase while describing part of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive test used for detecting cognitive impairment, that he took at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2018.
Marc Siegel, a medical correspondent for Fox News, interviewed Trump on July 22, 2020. In the interview, Siegel asked Trump about his overall mental capabilities. When asked, the president made reference to the MoCA, a cognitive test he took at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Describing the testing protocol, the president claimed that the exam was difficult but that he had passed it easily:
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
Trump's boast of his intellectual ability on the MoCA garnered criticism from medical professionals, including those who administer MoCA tests. Neurology professor James Galvin stated that the MoCA is a screening test, "not a diagnostic test, and more importantly ... 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." Some medical professionals also pointed out the fact that the five words given are normally unrelated, unlike the words that Trump repeated.
Former 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used the phrase responding to an article about Republican congressman Matt Gaetz's alleged misuse of taxpayer money, to which he responded, "Epstein. Flight logs. 26 trips. No Secret Service". Comedian Sarah Cooper satirized the phrase in a YouTube video in which she mainly lip-synced with the interview's audio. Comedians Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon also parodied the phrase.
Noam Chomsky said about the phrase on July 24, 2020 in an 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 [Mike Pompeo] says 'Perhaps, Trump has been sent by the good lord to save Israel from Iran'? The country's being run by mad men."
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.
On August 1, 2020, signs emblazoned with the phrase were plastered outside Trump's golf course.
At the conclusion of Trump's term, columnist Tom Peck of The Independent commented that Trump seemed to have lost his capacity for cogent thought by the time he uttered the phrase to a reporter. Conversely, also in January 2021, Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel noted that political opponents who were using the incident as a sign of Trump's dementia were doing so unfairly, and urged them to stop.
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