Trump Tried Attacking Buttigieg And It Completely Backfired: ‘He Should Focus On Salvaging China Deal’
Donald Trump tried attacking presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg during an interview with Politico on Friday, only to be called out by Buttigieg the next day.
Trump attempted to attack Buttigieg by nicknaming him “Alfred E. Neuman.” When asked about the insult, Buttigieg said he didn’t understand it, saying it was a “generational thing.”
Trump first introduced the nickname Friday in an exclusive interview with Politico, referencing the gap-toothed, red-haired and big-eared boy who has appeared on the cover of Mad magazine for decades.
Buttigieg took as a joke, but he quickly got serious and called on Trump to be focused on fixing the trade war with China instead of attacking his political opponents.
“I’ll be honest. I had to Google that,” Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., told reporters in San Francisco on Friday. “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.”
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
This wasn’t the first time Trump tried attacking Buttigieg and failed. During a Florida rally this week, Trump went after the presidential hopeful.
“We have a young man, Buttigieg. Boot-edge-edge. They say ‘edge-edge,'” Trump said at his rally this week. “He’s got a great chance, doesn’t he?”
“He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China. That’ll be great. I want to be in that room. I want to watch that one,” he added.
The mayor responded the next day that he wasn’t “too worried” about the insults.
“You can’t get too worried about the name calling and the games he plays,” said Buttigieg. “I was thinking of a Chinese proverb that goes, when the wind changes, some people build walls and some people build windmills.”
— David Siders (@davidsiders) May 9, 2019