Trump compared Pete Buttigieg to the MAD magazine mascot Alfred E. Neumann, so I guess that means he’s showed up on his radar as a possible opponent.
Asked specifically about South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Trump was dismissive.
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” he said, comparing Buttigieg to the iconic boyish Mad Magazine cartoon character.
Asked by POLITICO in San Francisco on Friday night to respond to Trump’s new nickname, Buttigieg said: “I’ll be honest. I had to Google that. I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference. 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.”
That doesn’t mean that Mayor Pete has any better a chance of winning either the nomination or the presidency, but if Trump — or whoever is whispering in his ear — can come up with a schoolyard taunt for him, he’s at least getting traction.
To a degree, Mayor Pete is right. Fifty years ago the Neumann comparison might have landed better with the voters, but today Trump is going to have to be a little more hip to cultural icons that resonate with the voters who matter, not just his old white guys.
And if Mayor Pete wanted to hit back, he could have said “Bye, Felicia” and let Trump Google that.