- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was mocked by Mad magazine over the weekend after he admitted he “had to Google” President Trump’s new nickname for him.

During an interview with Politico on Friday, Mr. Trump compared the South Bend mayor to Alfred E. Neuman, the freckled, red-haired fictitious mascot who has graced the pages of Mad magazine for decades.

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

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Asked what he thought of the new nickname, Mr. Buttigieg took a shot at Mr. Trump’s age while admitting he “had to Google” the reference.

“I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” the 37-year-old mayor told Politico. “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.”

Mad magazine, which has pilloried Mr. Trump many times in the past, set its sights on Mr. Buttigieg this time, asking on Twitter, “Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.”

“MAD Magazine is for all generations!” another tweet read.

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