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Jon Stewart explains the origins of his extremely vulgar nickname for Donald Trump

It's a running joke that began years ago.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Aug 18, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:10 pm CDT

The term Fuckface Von Clownstick might not have been coined by Jon Stewart. But the former Daily Show host is certainly the one who brought it into the cultural lexicon and attached it to Donald Trump in 2013. On Thursday night, at a show with Dave Chappelle, he explained why.

It all started, Stewart said, when Trump wondered on Twitter why Stewart wasn’t using his real name of Jonathan Leibowitz and implied that the “totally overrated” Stewart shouldn’t back away from his Jewish heritage.

So, Stewart shot back by calling the now-president Fuckface Von Clownstick on the Daily Show. On Thursday, Stewart called that Trump’s reference to his name a “white supremacist trope” and wondered why Trump was running away from his Von Clownstick heritage.

That wasn’t everything Stewart had to say about Trump on Thursday.

Clearly, Trump didn’t enjoy the moniker when it was unleashed on the world in 2013.

That led the Daily Show to tweet this in return.

Four years later, Stewart left the Daily Show, Trump is president, and white supremacy is still on the nation’s mind. But Stewart had some advice for the white nationalist movement.

“If you guys feel like you’re losing out, fucking work harder,” Stewart said. “If you’re a white supremacist, if you think you’re the master race, how come we’re all kicking your ass so easily?”

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*First Published: Aug 18, 2017, 7:53 am CDT