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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.
Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow is a total phony –he should cherish his past—not run from it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
If Jon Stewart is so above it all & legit, why did he change his name from Jonathan Leibowitz? He should be proud of his heritage!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
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.
More from Jon Stewart tonight, where he says Trump's tweet at him 4 years ago was a "white supremacist trope." pic.twitter.com/DxMrOxPsCT— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 18, 2017
That wasn’t everything Stewart had to say about Trump on Thursday.
1st part of what Stewart had to say tonight: "It wasn’t so much that there were Nazis. It was really the reaction by certain presidents." pic.twitter.com/77LjBsDH1y— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 18, 2017
Stewart on Obama becoming POTUS: "It would be like in World War 2, if Franklin Roosevelt lost a presidential election to Gaydolf Shitler." pic.twitter.com/1oG0UYisKb— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 18, 2017
Clearly, Trump didn’t enjoy the moniker when it was unleashed on the world in 2013.
Amazing how the haters & losers keep tweeting the name “F**kface Von Clownstick” like they are so original & like no one else is doing it...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
What’s funny about the name “F**kface Von Clownstick” -- it was not coined by Jon Leibowitz-- he stole it from some moron on twitter.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
That led the Daily Show to tweet this in return.
We seem to have hit a Fuckface Von Nervestick.— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 3, 2013
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?”
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.