President Trump has bestowed a nickname on 2020 candidate ‘Mayor’ Pete Buttigieg that is sure to stick unfortunately for him. What’s worse, is Buttigieg did not even get the reference and had to look it up, stating: “I’ll be honest, I had to Google that, I guess it’s a generational thing, I didn’t get the reference,” he told reporters on Friday night. MAD Magazine quipped back, “Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.” Ouch.
In an interview published at Politico on Friday Trump said, in answer to what he thinks of Mayor Pete’s run, that “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States.” So very true and the resemblance between the two is just uncanny. It’s a reference to the iconic cover boy for hilarious magazine MAD. Neuman’s face has graced the mag’s cover since the 50s and has been the subject of a thousand jokes, parodies, products, and even political campaigns since then.
MAD is also Bart Simpson’s favorite comedy mag, so Buttigieg should be honored, not confused. Buttigieg told MSNBC this year “My face is my message.” And so it is. Since what he obviously meant by that was that he’s young and new, it fits that he’d pretend not to know about something that was created prior to Obama’s administration. Which in my book disqualifies him for the presidency anyway.
Pete’s not even bright enough to get being dissed by a master like Trump. It’s just sad. Buttigieg gave a very lame response, “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.” Dear Pete, Trump is a multi-tasker… he can mock you in the same breath that he raises tariffs on the Chinese. Silly Democrat.
Trump also focused on Buttigieg’s last name during a campaign rally on Wednesday, pointing out the campaign’s effort to teach supporters to say “Boot-edge-edge.” That nickname will also stick.
From The Daily Mail:
“Trump has mocked Buttigieg before. During a rally in Panama City, Florida, on Wednesday, the president scoffed at the notion that Buttigieg could hold his own in high-stakes international negotiations.
“‘He’s got a great chance, doesn’t he? He’ll be great,’ Trump said sarcastically of Buttigieg.
“‘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.’
“Trump then remarks about the pronunciation of Buttigieg’s name.
“‘We have a young man, Buttigieg. Boot-edge-edge. They say “edge-edge”,’ Trump said.”
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
Street artist Sabo also joined the party by lampooning Pete in a new piece of art. It’s glorious and he nailed it once again. It seems hard to believe that an American man born in 1982 never heard of MAD Magazine’s dopey mascot, Alfred E. Neuman but Sabo aims to drive the comparison home for good. Alfred E. Neuman, who is also known as the ‘idiot kid,’ first appeared on MAD’s magazine cover in 1954 and will now grace Sabo’s collection indefinitely.
A former Rhodes scholar who attended Oxford and Harvard, Buttigieg was a naval intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan. In 2011, he was elected mayor of South Bend. He is openly gay as well. But he has truly arrived now that he has earned a nickname from President Trump. A well-deserved one at that.
Looks like MAD got the last laugh though… they put Pete Buttigieg on their Twitter profile:
Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 11, 2019
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) May 11, 2019
1. Trump's Pete Buttigieg/Alfred E. Neuman comparison is hilarious.
2. It's a dated reference, and Buttigieg was smart to get in a dig at Trump's age.
3. But Trump said it, so everyone now gets the reference.
4. The comparison, even if dated, will stick because it's true.
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) May 11, 2019
This is a side-by-side of the exact moment that Mayor Pete was asked about Trump’s Alfred E. Neuman nickname for him and a picture of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman.
I report. You decide. pic.twitter.com/ti6iTnMMy4
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) May 11, 2019
Trump just might be a genius https://t.co/E3xm2mcslc
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) May 11, 2019
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 11, 2019
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 9, 2019
— David Allen (@DavidAllen909) June 8, 2016