"We do not want to be here," Jon Stewart told the handful of lawmakers who came to see him ask for an extension of the Sept. 11 compensation fund last week. The former host of The daily show probably not wanted to be on Fox News Sunday this Father's Day either, but he presented his case to Chris Wallace.
Given the subject, it was a seriously understandable interview. However, Wallace noted an ephemeral moment when even though the Democrat-led House had passed the Comprehensive Bill Extending Funding for Health Care until the Life of the First Responders on September 11th, it should be referred back to Senate.
Making a fearful expression, Stewart exclaimed, "The Senate!"
The comedian smiled when Wallace inferred that the "certain man" Stewart had criticized in his testimony before Congress was the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. "Have you had any problems with Senator McConnell?" Asked the Fox host.
"Yes," said Stewart. "I mean, not me personally, but to pass the 9/11 bills, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale since 2010." He said it was "the cynicism displayed by Washington" that pushed him to become as "emotional" about this particular issue.
"They questioned Mitch McConnell about the testimony once it was finished," continued Stewart, "and he said:" Gosh & # 39; – I think that he used the word & gosh & # 39; gosh & # 39; – "Gosh, we have not looked at it for a long time, but we are going to look at it and I am sure we will deal with it with as much compassion as in the past. "
"But I want to point out that Senator McConnell has never treated this problem with compassion," he said. "He always stood up until the very last minute and it was only then that he deigned to act in a very critical and shameful manner towards the public."
Noting that funding for first responders in 9/11 is "not a Republican-Democrat problem," Stewart later added, "not all Republicans oppose this, but all those who do Are opposed to it are Republicans. And that's unacceptable. "
He finally resisted the urge to make his impression of McConnell as a turtle.