Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart appeared in New York City at the Stand Up For Heroes benefit at Madison Square Gardens on Tuesday, where the comedian recalled exchanging late-night tweets with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is currently seen with a 32.2 percent of winning by presidential odds-maker FiveThirtyEight.
The wildly popular comedian started his discussion, which contains coarse language, of the Stewart-Trump Twitter war by announcing its title, “The Day I Woke Up To Find Out Someone Was Tweeting Weird S*** About Me” to guarded laughter from those gathered.
Stewart described an associate walking into his office on April 24, 2013, and telling him that Donald Trump had just tweeted about him.
I promise you that I'm much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz - I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow. Who, by the way, is totally overrated.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2013
The comedian said that “this is real” and that he didn’t “necessarily disagree” with Trump.
“What the f*** is that about?” Jon Stewart recalled thinking to himself about the tweet.
The late-night legend then shared the next Trump-Stewart Twitter salvo, delivered in early May 2013.
As I’ve said many times before, Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow is highly overrated.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
And the next, heaved later the same day.
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
“Yeah, that guy wants to be president,” Jon Stewart deadpanned before continuing to Trump’s next Tweet, later again on May 3.
Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow is a total phony –he should cherish his past—not run from it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2013
Stewart then explains to the audience that he started to wonder if Donald Trump wanted people to know he is Jewish.
“And I think to myself, doesn’t my face do that,” the comedian said as the audience laughed along, almost politely.
He parodied someone unaware of his heritage, questioning his “Scottish” name, but “schmeary” look.
“It would be funny, if it wasn’t so toxicly f****** crude and horrible,” Stewart said. “So I decided to tweet back at him.”
The comedian then enlightened members of the audience who weren’t aware that Donald Trump’s real name is “F***face Von Clownstick” and expressed a desire that the Republican would embrace his heritage more thoroughly to laughs and applause for the audience.
"Did you know Donald Trump's birth name is F**kface Von Clownstick? ... That's all over Twitter... I hope." http://t.co/C4Rropggqr— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 2, 2013
Stewart stated that Abraham Lincoln used to get into Twitter wars with people “all the time” to laughter. He described Trump as being “more than likely” to be the next president of the United States, given the “FBI’s preference.”
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
Jon Stewart tweeted to Trump next, that “we seem to have hit a F***face Von Nervestick.”
Stewart described the following four days as being characterized by complete “silence” on the subject from the Donald.
“I s*** you not, perhaps the next president of the greatest country in the world, at one-thirty in the morning, tweeted ‘Little Jon Stewart is a p****. He would be hopeless in a debate with me,'” the comedian recalled, bursting into laughter along with the audience, many of whom clapped along as Stewart jumped up and down on the stage, unable to control his joy at being labeled an expletive by the Republican candidate.
“Vote wisely this November 8,” Stewart said as the available footage cut away.
Jon Stewart is 53-years-old and a New York City native. As Donald Trump intimates, Stewart’s birth name is Jonathan Leibowitz. He hosted the wildly successful Daily Show from 1999 until 2015.
Stewart’s retirement from late-night comedy roughly coincided with the launch of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The then-Daily Show host was described as finding “genuine glee” with the potential for comedic material presented.
“Thank you, Donald Trump, for making my last six weeks, my best six weeks,” Stewart was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter, shortly after Trump announced his 2016 presidential aspirations in June 2015.
Jon Stewart stated that there was a “crazy person” running for president shortly after Trump’s campaign launch at Trump Tower in New York City, where at least some of the people gathered were said to be paid actors, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Despite what Jon Stewart saw at the time to be a joke of a presidential campaign, Donald Trump has proven to be a potent political presence. Stewart was not alone in questioning the wisdom of the Donald’s presidential run in the spring of 2015. Few could have predicted that in the final days leading up to the 2016 election, Donald Trump would have a greater than 30 percent chance of winning the presidency.
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