Earlier in the week, Buttigieg jammed with Jimmy Fallon, and deflected an insult from President Donald Trump, who compared the Afghanistan war veteran to MAD magazine mascot, Alfred E Newman.
Buttigieg responded with a zinger of his own, quipping he had to 'Google that' adding, 'guess it’s a generational thing.'
He later told Fallon that at least he had managed to raise the level of discourse by inspiring Trump to make a literary reference. Ouch!
The rising political star is also attracting plenty of support in Hollywood – recently appearing at a benefit organised by Gwyneth Paltrow, and with Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom reportedly hosting an upcoming event for him in LA.
At just 37 years old, Pete has a political background as the mayor of the small city of South Bend, Indiana, earning him the ongoing nickname, 'Mayor Pete'. Coming out of nowhere among a field of contenders much more well-known – including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders – he suddenly became a major presidential contender with a rapturous response to his CNN Town Hall performance.
Pete is not only the first major openly gay presidential candidate, but he married junior high school teacher Chasten – who took his surname - in 2018, after deciding that a successful career in public life wasn’t enough without personal happiness.
‘I didn’t want to live a life that was in hiding,’ he said. ‘You only get to live one life.’