President Donald Trump recently dismissed Pete Buttigieg’s chances in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
“We have a young man — Buttigieg,” he said, going on to mock the South Bend, Indiana mayor’s last name.
“Boot edge edge,” Trump sounded out. “They say ‘edge edge.'”
Trump sarcastically predicted Buttigieg has “got a great chance” in the crowded 2020 field.
“He’ll be great,” the president said with a laugh. “He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China. That’ll be great.”
Buttigieg reacted to the statement by waxing philosophical.
“You can’t get too worried about the name calling and the games he plays,” the mayor said. “I was thinking of a Chinese proverb that goes, ‘When the wind changes, some people build walls and some people build windmills.'”
He sees his campaign as what is needed as a response to the current president.
“You’ve got to recognize that we need something that is completely different from what is in this White House,” he said. “The negotiations that they are conducting, whether it’s on trade or things like North Korea, are usually a personal high wire act with no safety net.”