Jon Stewart is still not finished.
After making headlines last week for his powerful, scathing testimony in front of the U.S. Congress on behalf of 9/11 survivors, the former “Daily Show” host appeared on Fox News over the weekend for an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” to blast Republicans for not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded on “Fox & Friends” that he didn’t understand why Stewart was “all bent out of shape about” the fund, saying that Congress has “never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again.”
That response didn’t sit right with Stewart, who surprised viewers Monday night on Global’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to go off on McConnell and the Republicans once again.
Joking that he is in fact physically bent out of shape—”I’m actually really more pizza crust than man at this point”—he then explained his continued anger over the issue.
“I’m bent out of shape for them. These are the first heroes and veterans and victims of the great trillions of dollars War on Terror,” Stewart said. “And they’re currently still suffering and dying and in terrible need. You would think that that would be enough to get Congress’ attention, but apparently, it’s not.”
In his Fox News appearance on Sunday, Stewart said of his testimony in Washington, D.C., “It’s a very emotional issue. I think this community is at the end of their rope. I think there is a feeling of disbelief. They can’t understand why they have to continually saddle up and ride down to Washington and make these appeals for something that should be simple, but somehow through politics is made agonizingly difficult.”
Re-authorization of the compensation fund passed through the House Judiciary Committee last week but some fear Republican leader Mitch McConnell will hold the bill up in the Senate as a bargaining tactic.
“I want to make it clear. This has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell,” Stewart said candidly. “He has always held out until the very last minute, and only then under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it.”
He added, “Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican. It’s unacceptable. They’ve done it now for years. Senator McConnell. Lindsey Graham is the head of Judiciary. He’s the one who’s going to be the one negotiating whether it’s five or 10 years. We cannot make these individuals continue to live in the agonizing uncertainty of not knowing that these programs will be extended and that they will be able to move on with their lives.”