Mad Magazine is hitting back at Pete Buttigieg after the 2020 Democratic hopeful inadvertently insulted the publication while responding to a diss from President Trump.
“Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing,” the magazine wrote in a tweet, directly referencing the 37-year-old South Bend, Ind. mayor’s comments about them.
The humor rag was responding to Buttigieg’s statement that, “I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference,” when asked about President Trump’s first nickname for the rising Democratic star: Alfred E. Neuman.
Alfred E. Neuman has been the gap-toothed, big-eared mascot gracing the magazine’s cover for decades.
Trump first referenced the nickname on Friday in an interview with Politico, saying, “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States.”
One day after Trump unveiled the moniker, Buttigieg admitted, “I’ll be honest. I had to Google that.”
Monday night, Buttigieg was asked about the Neuman reference again, this time on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.’
“The president of the United States called you that. Wow,” Fallon said, adding, “What goes through your mind when that happens?”
“You know, we talk about elevating the dialogue, so the fact that I inspired him to make a literary reference possibly for the first time–” Buttigieg replied, before being cut off by a wave of applause and laughter.
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