He added that he was “surprised” Trump wasn’t “spending more time trying to salvage this China deal.”
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) May 11, 2019
Others also piled on Trump. New York Times political reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that the Neuman reference would have worked better 20 years ago.
This is a nickname that might have worked better twenty years ago https://t.co/REqEmf9Mvg
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 11, 2019
And that, ladies and gentlemen who doubt @PeteButtigieg is tough enough to take on the current occupant of the WH, is how he will do it. With humor, a subtle zing, and a pivot back to what is important. #PeteForAmerica#Pete2020
— books_are_my_🐝FFs 😎 (@are_bffs) May 11, 2019
The snark is strong with this one 😂😎
— Pam Harder #WinTheEra #BidenHarris2020🇺🇸 (@harp1114) May 11, 2019
Mad got a bit of dig in at Buttigieg:
Who’s Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing.
— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 11, 2019
Trump appeared to imply in the Politico interview that Buttigieg, who is gay, isn’t tough enough to take on America’s international rivals. “He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China,” Trump said sarcastically. “That’ll be great. I want to be in that room, I wanna watch that one.”
Buttigieg, a former Rhodes scholar and Navy Reserve intelligence officer, served in Afghanistan. Trump dodged the draft decades earlier because of “bone spurs.” He told shock jock Howard Stern that he suffered his own “personal Vietnam” during that time dodging sexually transmitted diseases sleeping with women. “I feel like a great and very brave soldier,” he said (video below).
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.