President Donald Trump has a new nickname for 2020 Democratic challenger Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
He has dubbed him Alfred E. Neuman after the fictitious cover boy of Mad Magazine.
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump said when asked specifically about Buttigieg by Politico in an interview published on Friday.
Trump’s comment was aimed at dismissing Mayor Pete as a serious contender for 2020.
The new MAD is turning 1! This means our brain is now 60% of its adult size, and our next cover features a full year’s worth of Alfreds 🎂 pic.twitter.com/k0gt173GRt
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) April 7, 2019
Buttigieg’s people did not dignify Trump’s new taunt with a response, but Buttigieg has previously said he plans to take a sticks and stones mentality with Trump’s playground talk.
“You can’t get too worried about the name-calling and the games he plays,” Buttigieg said on Wednesday.
During the same interview, Trump also told Politico that he sees 2020 as his race and predicted Joe Biden would pull a Trump and roll over all his challengers like Buttigieg, much like he did in 2016.
“If you remember, from the day I came down the escalator until the end of the primaries, I was in the number-one position. I was center stage every debate. And, you know, nobody came close,” the president claimed.
As Politico pointed out, he actually was near the bottom of the pack when he first joined the 2016 race.
UPDATE: Buttigieg did respond and apparently had to Google who Alfred E. Neuman is. He also said it is “kind of” funny.
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) May 11, 2019
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