Academics Say Donald Trump Would ‘Probably Not’ Pass This Florida Civic Literacy Exam, Can You?


Answer the following question:

Which phrase best describes the power of impeachment?

A. the ability of the US House to charge federal officers with a crime or violation

B. the ability of the US Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of laws

C. the power of the US Senate to remove federal officers for a crime or violation

D. the power of the US President to enforce decisions of federal courts

The answer to the question is A.

But Donald Trump might offer an alternative answer — “witch hunt,” his favored description of the process he twice endured and twice survived.

Trump is widely expected to run for a nonconsecutive second term in 2024 even while facing several local, state, and federal investigations, including for his role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. As he ponders a presidential comeback, here’s another question:

Could Trump, Florida’s most famous resident, pass a civics exam championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis — a potential political rival — and administered to Sunshine State, high school students?

Insider asked four college professors whether they think Trump could pass the test. Most were doubtful and one suggested a similar version of the test should be given to people running for office to assist voters in picking the best candidates.

Iqbal Akhtbar, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, was among those who were uncertain of Trump’s ability to pass the test.

“I don’t know if he [Trump] would pass the exam,” Akhtbar said. “It does seem that he’s not clear on many very basic points of American history in our democracy.”

Akhtbar thinks President Joe Biden would pass the exam, saying that “he’s served in the Senate for many years, and he has a good sense of how the federal government works.”

Sean Freeder, an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida said of Trump passing the test: “Perhaps he could, perhaps he couldn’t.”

“He’s the only post-World War II president I can think of that I would not confidently tell you that I think he could pass it,” Freeder said.