Pete Buttigieg on latest Trump insult: ‘I had to Google it’ |

Pete Buttigieg on latest Trump insult: ‘I had to Google it’

Samson X Horne
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and husband, Chasten Glezman, acknowledge supporters after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

President Trump’s latest insult hurled at one of the many Democrats vying for the presidential nod in 2020 went right over the target’s head.

In an interview Friday with Politico, Trump referred to Pete Buttigieg as “Alfred E. Neuman,” a reference to MAD Magazine’s boyish mascot.

“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” he said.

Buttigieg, who currently serves as mayor of South Bend, Ind., said he had to check with the omniscient Google in order to grasp the gist of the joke.

The presidential hopeful quipped back — not so gently.

“I’ll be honest, I had to Google that,” Buttigieg said. “I guess it’s a generational thing.”

Trump, at 72, is almost twice the age of 37-year-old Buttigieg.

Neuman first appeared in MAD Magazine in 1954.

Buttigieg, for his part, admitted that the jab was “kinda funny,” but suggested the president has more pressing matters than incessantly insulting potential challengers.

“I’m surprised he’s not trying to salvage this China deal.”

Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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