Jon Stewart was not about to let the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, have the last word.
After the old Daily show host called McConnell on Fox News Sunday to have always waited until the "last minute" to relieve the first responders of 9/11 and only do so "under intense lobbying and public shame" – the majority leader of the Senate continued Fox and friends Monday morning to offer a scornful answer.
"I do not know why he's completely misrepresented, but we're going to deal with the 9/11 compensation fund," McConnell insisted, adding, "It seems to me that he's looking for a way to offend. "
So when Stewart reappeared from under the desk of his old friend Stephen Colbert the The show late Monday night, he had a lot to relieve himself. When Colbert asked him if he was "deformed," Stewart replied, "No, Mitch McConnell, I'm not deformed! I am in good shape. Then he added, "Well, I'm not in good shape," before explaining that he is "only in a bad shape" on behalf of the first responders.
As for McConnell's suggestion that he was "looking for a way to take offense" after members had dismissed the hearing, Stewart had said, "I feel like a jerk," sarcastically calling the whole situation "a serious misunderstanding. ".
"I did not know they were busy," he said of Congress. "I did not want to interrupt them … with their work!"
"Honestly, Mitch McConnell, you really want to get started with the" we'll get there when we're in trouble "for the 9/11 heroes?" Asked Stewart. "Listen, senator, I know your species is not recognized for its speed."
"Would that be a reference to turtles, Jon?" Asked Colbert, alluding to a classic Daily show bit.
"But damn, senator, you're not good at this argument," continued Stewart. "Basically, we say that you love the 9/11 community when it serves your political goals. But when they have an urgent need, you walk slowly, you fear, you use it as a political pawn to get other things you want. And you do not do the job completely. And your answer to this accusation is, "Yeah, duh, we are Congress, that's how we do it."
As the camera zoomed in on his face, Stewart spoke directly to McConnell, expressing his last hope, the best hope that the Senate Majority Leader "will not lead us the way you did in the past."
"So, if you want to know why the 9/11 community is distorted by this past, let's call it 18," he says, "meet them tomorrow, as soon as possible, and do not beg them for it. "
"Please, go with them tomorrow," Stewart added. "But you know what, if you're busy, I understand it."
"Just understand that the next time we have a war, that we get robbed or that your house is on fire and you make this desperate call for help, do not be discouraged if they come at the last minute. Fewer people than you thought would pay attention and did not really say it, "he said. "Let the fire smolder for another five years, because that's how it's done, sir. I am sure that they will put it to good use when they want to go there. "
"No offense," he concluded.