Jon Stewart rips McConnell over no compassion for 9/11 responders

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The former “The Daily Show” TV host was asked on “Fox News Sunday” about getting an expansion of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund passed through the Senate.

“Have you had problems with Sen. McConnell?” host Chris Wallace asked.

“Yes,” Stewart replied. “I mean, not me personally, but in terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010.”

McConnell said:”We’ve always dealt with that in the past in a compassionate way, and I assume we will again.”

“This has never been dealt with compassionately by Sen. McConnell,” Stewart said Sunday.

“He has always held out until the last minute, and only then after intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it.”

“Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican, and it’s unacceptable,” Stewart said Sunday. “If you were to take all the arrogance and entitlement and elitism that people don’t like about Hollywood and show business, and you concentrated it in one city and gave those people actual power, that’s Washington.”

Stewart said the ailing first-responders are “at the end of their rope.”

“I think there’s a feeling of disbelief,” he said. “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 is somehow, through politics, made agonizingly difficult.”


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