Trump’s Dated Nickname for Pete Buttigieg Falls Flat — ‘I Had to Google That’

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One of President Donald Trump‘s trademarks is branding his opponents with nicknames, so it was just a matter of time before South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who has been rising in the polls — found himself as the butt of a presidential joke.

But Trump’s nickname for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee not only didn’t land, it also served as a reminder that the current president is really, really old.

“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump said during an interview with Politico.

Alfred E. Neuman is the iconic (though dated) character from the cover of Mad Magazine. When Buttigieg was asked about the president’s remark, he turned the joke on its head.

“I’ll be honest, I had to Google that,” he said. “I guess it’s a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. It’s kind of funny, I guess.”

Watch the video below:

Buttigieg’s off-the-cuff retort hits back on a number of levels. Most notably, Trump likes to promote himself as young. In late April, he told reporters that he’s “a young, vibrant man” — and Buttigieg’s “generational” quip just might carry a bit of a sting.

Unfortunately for Trump, this nickname doesn’t seem to have landed as cleanly as some of the others that he’s used for the 2020 Democrats.

He calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas,” while former Vice President Joe Biden is “Sleepy Joe” and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is “Crazy Bernie.” Others, like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), haven’t yet gotten a nickname.

But the president has been known to reinvent nicknames if he’s not satisfied with his earlier attempts. He’s given Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) so many different monikers that Schiff once joked to reporters that the president is “breaking the cardinal rule of childish nicknames which is: You gotta pick one and stick with it.”

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“He calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas,”” Trump probably thinks this is an insult.
Pocahontas represented her people, very creditably, at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, of England.

Tom Bodine
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Alfred is way more interesting than Pete Buttplug.

Phyllis Softa
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I am attempting to understand the logic and mindset of a guy who believes a name of a make believe magazine model is more interesting than a Harvard grad, Oxford grad, Rhodes scholar, US Naval intelligence officer deployed to Afghanistan for 7 months, How does one acquire and sustain such shallow interest?

banstan
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Depends on your definition of “interesting”. Personal accomplishments does not automatically make one interesting.

Thomas Cole
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I really had not noticed the resemblance before but he does look like him. I am amazed that he had to look up who Alfred E. Neuman is, MAD has been bashing on Trump since he got elected. I think this just show how far out of touch with the common working class person Pete Buttigieg is, he wouldn’t get my vote.

Otis
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The nickname game is silly. Just ask Anna Banana fo Fanna, but the fact is they sometimes stick and politicians have been playing on that level for decades.
Whoever brought forth a donkey in an attempt to embarass Andrew “0l’ Hickory” Jackson with a donkey created, with the help of Thomas Nast, the symbol for the Dumbocrats. What an ass he must’ve been.

Joe Michael
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President Trump is spot on again.

Judy Smith
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Good comparison, though. I remember the character except Neuman was not queer. Strange though.

banstan
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All that is missing is the freckles.

banstan
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“Buttigieg’s off-the-cuff retort hits back on a number of levels.” It doesn’t hit back on ANY level, alex. You still are a hack and you still are heavily infected with TDS.

banstan
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OUCH. Must’ve hit a nerve. Somebody please save alex. Come up with just ONE of his articles that isn’t saturated with TDS. Just ONE!

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