President Trump’s new nickname for South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has become an instant classic.
After Trump referred to Buttigieg as “Alfred E. Neuman” during a phone interview with Politico, MAD Magazine—on which fictitious character Neuman has appeared for decades—responded.
During the phone interview, the president said: “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” referencing the iconic character.
According to Politico, the reference when over Buttigieg’s head—who admittedly said he had to Google the name.
“Neuman’s freckled, gap-toothed face and oversized ears have for decades graced the cover of the humor magazine Mad,” Politico reports. “Asked about Trump’s put-down by POLITICO in San Francisco on Friday, the 37-year-old Buttigieg professed ignorance about the comic book character, whose fame peaked more than 20 years ago, while making a veiled reference to the 72-year-old Trump’s seniority.”
“I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” Buttigieg said in response. “I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It’s kind of funny, I guess. But he’s also the president of the United States and I’m surprised he’s not spending more time trying to salvage this China deal.”
Twitchy reports MAD Magazine chimed into the discussion, subtlety jabbing the Democrat in their Twitter bio.
Democrats … they never learn.
If Pete had been smart he’d have thanked Trump and acted like it was a compliment but oh no, he played to his ignorant base and may have actually made himself a very powerful enemy. MAD originally used Pete’s own words to roast him, but then they doubled down on owning him in their bio and it’s DELICIOUS.
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In addition to the bio change, the magazine also tweeted out: “Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.”