For 16 years, Jon Stewart used his position as host of The Daily Show to skewer Washington DC. Since his retirement in 2015, the comedian has moved onto personal causes like animal rescue and helping first responders from 9/11.
Last week, Stewart made an impassioned plea for lawmakers to provide funds for workers injured during 9/11. During an appearance on Fox News this weekend, the former Daily Show host blamed Mitch McConnell for the inaction on the bill.
Stewart told host Chris Wallace, “In terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010.”
Following the committee hearing, McConnell said of a bill funding medical treatment for 9/11 workers, “Gosh, I hadn’t looked at that lately. I’ll have to. We’ve always dealt with that in a compassionate way, and I assume we will again.”
Stewart took significant umbrage at the Senate Majority Leader’s comments. He told Wallace, “I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell. He has always held out to the very last minute, and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming, has he even deigned to move on it.”
McConnell isn’t the only lawmaker Stewart has issues with. He also took to task the committee members who skipped the meeting including Jim Jordan, Louie Gohmert and Eric Swalwell. The comedian told the assembled:
“Shameful. It’s an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution and you should be ashamed of yourselves, for those who aren’t here, but you won’t be because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”