Over the weekend, President Trump unveiled a new nickname for Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg: Alfred E. Neuman.
“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump said during an interview with Politico.
“We have a young man, Buttigieg. Boot-edge-edge,” he continued. “He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China. That’ll be great. I want to be in that room, I wanna watch that one.”
OK, Trump referring to Mayor Pete as "Alfred E. Neuman" is genuinely hilarious pic.twitter.com/IlEdD7OizT
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 11, 2019
The nickname isn’t “Twitter” official, but it likely will be at some point soon. It’s only a matter of time.
Buttigieg responded to his new nickname, but his reaction’s drawing a lot of criticism.
He said he had to Google the name because he didn’t get the reference, and he attributed his lack of knowing to a generational gap.
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
Alfred E Neuman first appeared in Mad Magazine in 1954. When Pete was negative 28 years old. https://t.co/CWMgfybTCh
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 11, 2019
It’s not exactly a great excuse though. Ever heard of Mickey Mouse? Wasn’t he created in the 20s?
People are calling him out for his lame excuse.
So are Washington, Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Madison, but we know who they are .
— ElizabethWarwick (@ElizabethWarwi9) May 11, 2019
I was negative 27… I don't know a single person my age that's never heard of MAD magazine.
— libertylineman (@libertylineman) May 11, 2019
You can still walk into a grocery store and see Alfred E Neuman grinning at you from the shelf. I bought an issue with him and @alyankovic recently.
That is not an obscure reference at all.
— Sean Drasher (@SeanDrasher) May 11, 2019
I'm 36 and remember reading Mad magazine as a kid. Hell, there was a Mad Magazine candy that came with a mini-zine in the early 90's. Key & Peele appeared on MadTV before Comedy Central… "generational thing" is a cop out, Pete just ain't hip.
— Philip (@kafkaguy) May 11, 2019
Also first appeared in 1954:
The Tonight Show
Lord of the Rings https://t.co/AW2pnszMhK
— neontaster (@neontaster) May 11, 2019
Mad Magazine has been published every month since.
— Some guy tweeted something 🤷🏻♂️ (@jtLOL) May 11, 2019