President Donald Trump dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday in a single sentence. “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” the president told POLITICO in a 15-minute telephone interview, when asked what he thought of the South Bend, Ind., mayor. Neuman’s freckled, gap-toothed face and oversized ears have for decades graced the cover of the humor magazine Mad.
CBS News reports:
2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said “I’ll be honest, I had to Google that, I guess it’s a generational thing” after President Trump referred to him as Alfred E. Neuman. “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 deal with China.”
Alfred E. Neumann first appeared in Mad Magazine in 1954 but the character had also been used during FDR’s campaign in the 1930’s.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
The guy with the implanted head ferret loves to make fun of other people’s appearances. https://t.co/rK3t2AGmby
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 11, 2019
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) May 11, 2019
I thought Alfred E. Neuman was already in the White House. pic.twitter.com/iQFAmtVpyE
— The ’60s at 50 (@the_60s_at_50) May 11, 2019