Following Trump’s reference to a character from the popular American humor magazine Mad, Mayor Pete Buttigieg attempted to play off the reference by saying he did not know the character Trump was referencing.
On Friday, Trump tested out a new nickname for Buttigieg: “Alfred E. Neuman.”
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump told Politico, referring to the iconic Mad magazine mascot.
“We have a young man, Buttigieg,” Trump said. “He’s got a great chance, doesn’t he?”
“He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China. That’ll be great. I want to be in that room, I wanna watch that one.”
OK, Trump referring to Mayor Pete as "Alfred E. Neuman" is genuinely hilarious pic.twitter.com/IlEdD7OizT
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 11, 2019
Buttigieg attempted to fire back at Trump on Friday by poking fun at the nickname and attacking Trump’s age. “I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” he said, referring to Alfred E. Neuman.
“I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference,” Buttigieg added.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
As noted by The Conservative Tribune, Trump didn’t even have to fire back at the Indiana mayor because Mad magazine beat him to it.
“Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing,” the magazine tweeted.
Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 11, 2019
Buttigieg’s low score in the polls isn’t surprising because there’s nothing special about him — he’s a stereotypical wacky leftist. His policy proposals include ridiculous ideas like abolishing the electoral college and packing the Supreme Court with new seats. [READ MORE]