Pete Buttigieg slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show'

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE on Monday night took part in the “Slow Jam the News” segment with late-night host Jimmy Fallon.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor gave the campaign-style pitch on “The Tonight Show” while Fallon and The Roots’ leader singer Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter serenaded him.

“I want to talk about you and the needs of everyday Americans,” Buttigieg said.


“Pete Buttigieg wants to satisfy all your needs,” Fallon said in a sultry voice. “Ever since he declared his candidacy, America’s been all hot and bothered for him. And now Mayor Pete’s going all in.”

Buttigieg touted his work boosting the economy in his home town and said he supported getting rid of the Electoral College, even if it meant more issues would need to be hammered out in court.

“Court is in session and the honorable Booty-Judge is presiding,” Fallon said. “All rise, if you haven’t already risen.”

Trotter interjected with a reference to the most recent episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”


“His service to the country has been outstanding,” he sang. “His campaign is on fire like King’s Landing.”

Buttigieg talked his primary campaign travels across the country and bragged about being the first candidate to appear on Fox News Sunday because “I don’t believe in leaving out an entire portion of the country.” 

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“Since you’re new on the political scene, have you thought of asking President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE for advice?” Fallon asked.

“Actually, when it comes to my qualifications, I have more government experience than the president and more executive experience than the Vice President,” Buttigieg said. “So if they ever want advice, I’m sure their interns can show them how to DM me.”


The presidential hopeful made headlines over the weekend while responding to Trump nicknaming him “Alfred E. Neuman.” Buttigieg said he had to Goggle the reference to the gap-toothed, red-haired and big-eared boy who has appeared on the cover of Mad magazine for decades. 

Fallon made a similar joke, saying Buttigieg was like the character from the 1950s television show “Leave It to Beaver.” 

“Must be a generational reference,” Buttigieg said again.

–Updated Tuesday, 12:49 p.m.

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