President Trump has chosen his doctor, Ronny Jackson—the man who went on TV to publicly affirm that the president’s brain is not a bowl of rotting peas—to be his new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. And now, we have confirmation from an anonymous White House official that Jackson got the job in part because of just how well he went on TV and said yes, the president’s brain is good.
According to CNN, “Trump liked the way Jackson handled himself with reporters” when he gave a press conference on the results of the president’s physical, which included his insistence that the president is NOT obese and that his brain is NOT falling apart like a cake left in the rain, but instead is Normal. At the press conference, Jackson said he had “no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.”
You may remember that Trump scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the cognitive test he made Jackson give him, which included asking the president to identify a lion and draw a clock. Trump has bragged about the score, saying previous presidents left the North Korea issue to him because “they all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests.” The test that asks you to identify a lion.
CNN also referenced an audio recording of the president discussing Jackson’s performance back in February, at Mar-a-Lago: “He’s like central casting — like a Hollywood star,” said the president.
This is all the more pertinent given Jackson’s lack of relevant experience. He is a military doctor, but hasn’t run a large bureaucracy, and the VA is the second biggest federal department in the government. (“[My] first reaction was OMG,” a former VA official told Politico, adding, “[Jackson] has no experience.”) But hey! He looks like a damn movie star and his Hollywood mouth has said some real nice things about the president’s brain, so he’s the man for the job.