- The atonement of an alt-right troll 2 Weeks Ago
- #StopTheBans protests draw thousands across the country in support of abortion rights 2 Weeks Ago
- North Korea is using Trump’s low IQ attack on Joe Biden Today 9:14 AM
- How to watch ‘Kidding’ for free Today 8:00 AM
- What’s the deal with Bran Stark at the end of ‘Game of Thrones’? Today 6:30 AM
- How to watch TruTV online for free Today 6:00 AM
- Fans call out Madonna for edited Eurovision video Tuesday 9:36 PM
- Partnered Twitch streamer temporarily banned for airing troll’s racist message Tuesday 8:45 PM
- Reddit theory says fans are wrong about who won ‘Game of Thrones’ Tuesday 6:52 PM
- Elon Musk hires ‘absolute unit’ sheep meme creator to be Tesla’s social media manager Tuesday 6:12 PM
- Jason Momoa stands by his Khaleesi after the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale Tuesday 4:05 PM
- Airbnb, 23andMe partner for creepy heritage travel recommendations Tuesday 3:26 PM
- Rep. Katie Porter goes viral again for trouncing Ben Carson (updated) Tuesday 3:26 PM
- This deepfake takes Bill Hader’s Schwarzenegger impression to the next level Tuesday 2:58 PM
- Wanda Sykes rails against Trump and offers much-needed perspective in ‘Not Normal’ Tuesday 2:41 PM
Pete Buttigieg responds to Trump calling him ‘Alfred E. Neuman’
“Pete Buttigieg living rent-free inside Trump’s mind…”
It is with heavy heart that we must notify you that President Donald Trump is up to his usual bag of tricks again. This time presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is the lucky target. On Friday, POLITICO released a transcript of an interview with the president, in which he sounded off about everything from North Korea, to his looming possible impeachment, and of course, his competition in the 2020 election.
Trump admitted that he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden is the frontrunner of the Democratic hopefuls, but was then asked about the 37-year-old South Bend Mayor—who has a surprisingly dedicated movement behind his campaign.
The reporter queried Trump on whether he found Buttigieg to be a threat, pointing out that he had mentioned the mayor once at a rally. Trump’s response was abrupt, and as usual, didn’t offer much value to the conversation.
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” the president said, referencing the MAD Magazine mascot, in what will almost surely become a regular nickname.
Buttigieg was later asked to respond to the president’s jab, and in doing so inadvertently dropped a metric shit-ton of shade.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
“So, I’ll be honest I had to Google that, I guess it’s a generational thing—I didn’t get the reference,” Pete countered. “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.”
Oh heck yeah, ya boy just called Donald old.
And that fact was not lost on Twitter, by those who rallied around Buttigieg’s stunning clap-back:
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) May 11, 2019
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 11, 2019
This is a nickname that might have worked better twenty years ago https://t.co/REqEmf9Mvg
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 11, 2019
Alfred E Neuman first appeared in Mad Magazine in 1954. When Pete was negative 28 years old. https://t.co/CWMgfybTCh
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 11, 2019
And as someone else pointed out—given MAD‘s fixation on Trump—perhaps this nickname was an unwise choice:
— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) May 11, 2019
MAD Magazine, on the other hand, was less impressed with the candidate’s retort, tweeting: “Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.”
Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 11, 2019
But age aside, is anyone really surprised that Pete Buttigieg is unfamiliar with MAD Magazine? Dude is a Rhodes scholar and concert pianist who allegedly speaks eight languages. Yet another hapless self-own from Trump.
the DC press corps when trump comes up with a new nickname for one of the 2020 dems pic.twitter.com/mkW5B5B0HF
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 11, 2019
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.