“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,”
said President Donald Trump in a phone interview with POLITICO when he was asked what he thought of Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the first openly gay presidential candidate.
The face of Alfred E. Neuman, comic book character, was at the cover of MAD magazine in the 1950th.
Buttigieg commented saying he had to Google it, which may have referred to Trump’s seniority.
“I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” he said. “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,” said Buttigieg with reference to trade talks betweeen China and the US that did not result in an agreement.
Earlier same week Trump had already made some sarcastic comments about South Bend mayor, “they call him Boot-Edge-Edge, they say Edge-Edge,” said president, “he’s got a great chance, doesn’t he? He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China. That will be great. That will be great. I want to be in that room – I want to watch that one.”
The comic character Alfred E. Neuman used to be associated with former president George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton in a 2005 interview said with reference to Bush, “I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington.”
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