Trump and Buttigieg: a Generational Battle

Trump and Buttigieg: a Generational Battle

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
May 11, 2019

President Trump does not shy away from assigning nick names to his political opponents, which many supporters find entertaining. Most recently, President Trump dubbed the Democratic Presidential candidate front runners Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden as “Crazy Bernie” and “Sleepy Joe.” But, shifting his focus to another candidate that isn’t polling so high, President Trump took aim at South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

When asked to share his thoughts on the Mayor’s candidacy and the likelihood that he’ll emerge as the 2020 Presidential candidate for the Democrats, President Trump responded by saying that “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become President of the United States.”

In response to the President’s comment, the Mayor admitted that “I had to Google that” because he didn’t understand what President Trump was talking about.

Buttigieg explained that “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.”

However, on the subject of China, the President doesn’t believe that Mayor Buttigieg would be a good representative for the United States, sarcastically arguing at a recent rally that Buttigieg will “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.”

The President has even given nick names to foreign leaders, calling North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un “Rocket Man.”

Injecting a bit of humor to the political rivalry, MAD Magazine’s twitter page chimed in on the back and forth between the President and the Mayor, directing a tweet at Buttigieg and questioning “Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.”

Many recount that the 2016 Presidential election was filled with back and forth banter between not only President Trump and Hillary Clinton but also Clinton and Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, who’s running again this time around.

However, Democrats are asserting that the clear focus for them in the 2020 Presidential election is to defeat Trump and to not engage in the same arguments that Clinton and Sanders were involved in.

Polk County Chair Sean Bagniewski assured that “there is no tolerance whatsoever for the bull**** this time. When I see people standing up spouting conspiracy theories in meetings, people start reacting. When it’s on social media, there’s an avalanche of people saying, ‘not this year, we’re not doing this again.’”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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