President Donald Trump was inundated with ridicule on Thursday after he seemed not to know what the term "per capita" means.
During a televised cabinet meeting, Trump defended his administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic by arguing that America's infection and death totals weren't as bad as some other countries when looked at on a per-capita basis.
Things got confusing, however, when the president tried to expand upon this line of thinking.
"And you know when you say 'per capita,' there’s many per capitas," the president said. "It’s like, per capita relative to what? But you can look at just about any category and we're really at the top, meaning positive, on a per capita basis too."
The president's confusion about this term drew swift mockery on Twitter -- check out some reactions below.
Trump: "When you say per capita, there's many per capitas. Is this like per capita relative to what?" How did this… https://t.co/1JD1IUFNtC— Nico XW (@Nico XW) 1590015972.0
This encapsulates and exposes the narcissist’s imaginary (bullshit) expertise in 7 seconds. https://t.co/fag2AflRj5— AntiNarcopathyPharmD (@AntiNarcopathyPharmD) 1590069123.0
@girlsreallyrule The US has the dumbest president per capita.— BabyFishMouth (@BabyFishMouth) 1590076030.0
“I’m the most excellent capita the world has ever seen. No one does per capita better than me.” https://t.co/f982NITMH1— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1590075753.0
Um. Who wants to tell him what per capita means? https://t.co/LIg8pOC9i3— Patricia 🇺🇸🌵 (@Patricia 🇺🇸🌵) 1590072402.0
Trump thinks per capita is relative and that there are different kinds of per capitas. https://t.co/AeLUiPMlMb— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@Mueller, She Wrote Podcast) 1590075673.0
@JustinWolfers And we have the most beautiful, greatest per capita. Everyone is saying this.— Bleakley Financial Group of Virginia (@Bleakley Financial Group of Virginia) 1590067736.0
@JohnJHarwood I believe he studied Latin at Wharton. Nobody knows more about per capita than he does.— Stu (@Stu) 1590067472.0
#Presidementia Wednesday Q&A: signs of mental impairment & cognitive slippage evident all through today’s WH meetin… https://t.co/zQYA4FXPif— John M. Talmadge, MD (@John M. Talmadge, MD) 1590031150.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Sorry junior. I was too busy chuckling that your daddy doesn’t know what per capita means.— Aunt Kraken (@Aunt Kraken) 1590070900.0