After Sleepy Joe, Crazy Bernie, Pocahontas, Little Marco, Lying Ted, and Low Energy Jeb, there's a new nickname in President Trump's arsenal that addresses the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.
"Alfred E. Neuman cannot become President of the United States," Trump told Politico when asked whether he saw Buttigieg as a serious threat to his reelection in 2020.
Alfred E. Neuman is the young cartoon character on the cover of the humor magazine Mad.
President Trump named Indiana Mayor South Bend Pete Buttigieg (left) "Alfred E. Neuman". Neuman (right) is the mascot of the long-standing Mad magazine
Trump (seen above with First Lady Melania Trump in the White House on Friday) has already mocked Buttigieg
When Buttigieg found out about Trump's remark, he replied by digging himself up at the advanced age of the President and said, "I had to google that … I think it's a generation thing."
Buttigieg, the openly gay democrat, has received more attention in the past few weeks as his presidential campaign has grown out of nowhere.
Trump apparently wants to belittle Buttigieg because of his youthful appearance.
The Mayor of South Bend is only 37 years old, while the President is almost twice that age – 72.
And Buttigieg is right. Alfred E. Neuman, also known as "idiot child", first appeared on a magazine cover in 1954.
Mad Magazine peaked in popularity in the 1960s and 70s when it influenced the satirization of US pop culture while consolidating its status as a commercial success among a cult audience.
The magazine, founded by publisher Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, made its comic debut in 1952 and changed to magazine format three years later.
Mad is still published every two months. Since 1952, more than 550 regular editions have been published, in addition to reprint specials, original paperback books, reprint compilations, and other projects.
Buttigieg is the son of an immigrant from Malta, the small Mediterranean archipelago south of Italy. Buttigieg, a former Rhodes scholar who visited Oxford and Harvard, was a naval intelligence officer who served in Vietnam. In 2011 he was elected mayor of South Bend
Trump has already mocked Buttigieg. During a rally in Panama City, Florida on Wednesday, the president mocked the idea that Buttigieg could hold its own in high-stakes international negotiations.
"He has a big chance, right? It will be great, ”Trump said sarcastically about Buttigieg.
“He will be great to represent us against President Xi of China. It’s going to be great.
"I want to be in this room, I want to see this."
Trump then notes on the pronunciation of Buttigieg's name.
"We have a young man, Buttigieg. Boot edge edge. They say "edge to edge," said Trump.
Buttigieg is the son of an immigrant from Malta, the small Mediterranean archipelago south of Italy.
Buttigieg, a former Rhodes scholar who visited Oxford and Harvard, was a naval intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan.
In 2011 he was elected mayor of South Bend.
While Buttigieg's campaign has increased significantly, former Vice President Joe Biden (top) has emerged as the clear front runner in the race for the democratic nomination
Trump seems to be preparing to fight Biden. The president tweeted on Friday: "Looks to me like SleepyCreepy Joe is about Crazy Bernie." Everyone else fades quickly! "
Buttigieg is one of more than 20 candidates in the race for the democratic nomination.
However, opinion polls show that Buttigieg and the other candidates still have a long way to go to catch up with former Vice President Joe Biden, who has emerged as the clear leader.
Trump seems to be preparing to fight Biden.
The president tweeted on Friday: "Looks to me like SleepyCreepy Joe is about Crazy Bernie." Everyone else fades quickly! "
The "creepy" excavation refers to the various women who have accused Biden of touching them to the point where they felt uncomfortable.
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