Donald Trump tweeted a missive about "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart Wednesday morning, and many have speculated that the tweet contained veiled anti-Semitic sentiment.
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 New York real estate mogul's reference to Stewart's birth name as ammunition against him fuels only the latest round of accusations that Trump is less than sensitive to matters of race and ethnicity. The New York real estate mogul is no stranger to accusations of racism. He famously demanded that President Obama release his birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States, a stunt that led to widespread denouncement of baseless xenophobia.
The reaction was swift. "Ellen" producer Andy Lassner tweeted: ".@realDonaldTrump @thedailyshow I knew you were more than just a racist. Proud of you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too."
"Ha. @realDonaldTrump outs Jon Stewart...as...a Jew! Gasp! http://bit.ly/10doXnV --Classy spokesperson you've got there @macys. #DumpTrump," tweeted Angelo Carusone, who heads up a campaign for the retailer Macy's to end their relationship with Trump.
The root of the insult seems to have come from a random Twitter user pleading for Trump to run for president yesterday, because "Jon Stewart would destroy" him. At the time, he responded by saying that "Jon (L) is not smart enough!" Evidently, he felt that he once again needed to publicly declare his estimation of Stewart's intellect the next day, once again using his birth name.