Pete Buttigieg Grills Scarlett Johannson About Getting Stung in the Face By a Jellyfish on ‘The Tonight Show’

Thirty-seven-year-old mayor Pete Buttigieg has been getting a lot of attention lately. And that’s no surprise. Buttigieg is hoping to be the youngest president elected to the White House. The mayor has garnered quite a following since he announced he was running. Both his platform and charisma make him a candidate to watch.

Like other candidates, Buttigieg has been making the talk show rounds. Recently, the mayor sat down for True Confessions with Jimmy Fallon and Scarlett Johansson and the results were pretty entertaining. 

A closer look at the young presidential candidate

Pete Buttigieg speaks onstage
Pete Buttigieg | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The democratic party has a lot of different platforms that they are hoping will win the support of voters. These candidates are hoping that their vision will make them stand out from the rest and help them beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. 

Pete Buttigieg is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He was elected as mayor in 2011 and has served for eight years. Before that, he served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and served in activity duty while mayor of South Bend.

Buttigieg is the only openly-gay candidate. He lives in South Bend with his husband and two dogs. Buttigieg stands on the platform that he is part of the generation where making change matters.

His generation is the one who has to deal with climate change, who has to deal with the changes in the economy and social security, and has seen some of the worst shootings in American history. 

His recent appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’

Buttigieg has already appeared on The View and Fox News, now he’s taking questions on The Tonight Show. True Confessions is a rapid-fire-style game. The way it works is one person (in this case, Scarlett Johansson) is given two envelopes. The other person chooses which one they want opened. After the contents are read, the person who chose the envelope gets to decide whether the story was true or false. 

When Johanson opened her envelope, she disclosed that she had been stung by a jellyfish. It was up to Buttigieg to determine whether that was true or false. Buttigieg wasted no time. He grilled the actress, asking about her swimming stroke, the coast where it happened, and even what color the jellyfish was. Johansson was good. She didn’t make it clear whether the story was true or false. 

But Buttigieg was better. He took in the clues and the actresses’ behavior and concluded that the story was indeed true. As it turns out, Buttigieg was right. The actress did indeed get stung by a jellyfish while swimming off the coast of Italy (and apparently, the color of the jellyfish was clear). 

What else did we learn?

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Pete Buttigieg (@pete.buttigieg) on

So what else did the game of True Confessions reveal? Well first off, Jimmy Fallon is a horrible liar. He had to claim that he gave Jerry Seinfeld the Heimlich maneuver, and well, Fallon couldn’t stop smiling the whole way through. 

When it came to the presidential hopeful’s turn to tell a story, Buttigieg claimed that he once ate a pork sundae while on the campaign trail. As he told the story, the sundae resembled Dairy Queen’s peanut buster parfait.

Where the hot fudge would be, there was barbecue sauce. Instead of ice cream, it was mashed potatoes. And the peanuts – those were replaced with pork. It was all washed down with an ice-cold root beer. The story was delivered with a totally straight face.

So, was this a case of a politician lying or a weird afternoon snack? Turns out it was true. Buttigieg did indeed have a pork sundae. And his favorite drink, not root beer. It’s diet coke. There you have it, some fun tidbits for about one of the democratic candidates.