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June 17, 2019

Jon Stewart doesn't need his own show to continue lambasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — and McConnell now has a response.

Stewart last week delivered a fiery speech in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, urging Congress to permanently authorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. During the hearing, he blasted Congress for the hearing's low attendance, saying the sight of a "nearly empty Congress" is an "embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution," also saying that those who weren't there should be "ashamed of yourselves."

McConnell dismissed that complaint in a Fox & Friends interview on Monday. "That frequently happens because members have a lot of things going on at the same time," McConnell said. "It sounds to me like he's looking for some way to take offense."

The Senate majority leader also responded to an interview with Stewart on Sunday in which the former Daily Show host complained that McConnell has never dealt with this issue "compassionately" and has "always held out until the very last minute" and only moved on the issue after "intense lobbying and public shaming."

"Many things in Congress happen at the last minute," McConnell said in response, promising the issue will be addressed and wondering why Stewart is "so bent out of shape." If this public feud continues, it may not be long before Stewart begins dusting off the turtle comparisons. Brendan Morrow

June 11, 2019

Four years after leaving The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is far from finished putting Congress on blast.

Stewart testified on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing about funding for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, and from the start, he tore into lawmakers who weren't present.

"As I sit here, I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting healthcare and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," Stewart said. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress."

The former Daily Show host was on Capitol Hill urging Congress to pass a bill funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund past 2020, The New York Post reports. But the Post's Nikki Schwab reports that only five members from the subcommittee were at the hearing.

Stewart called this an "embarrassment to the country" and a "stain on this institution," telling those who didn't attend that they should be "ashamed" of themselves.

"There is not an empty chair on that stage that didn't tweet out, 'Never forget the heroes of 9/11. Never forget their bravery. Never forget what they did, what they gave to this country.' Well here they are," Stewart said. "And where are they?"

Stewart also shamed Congress for its "disrespect" of the first responders, drawing a standing ovation after finishing a fiery speech by saying, "They did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, do yours." Brendan Morrow

October 31, 2018

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart still thinks the media is covering President Trump in completely the wrong way, and he came back to roast them about it once again.

Stewart said in an interview with CNN this week that what Trump has done so well is take advantage of the media's "own narcissism." Journalists are "personally wounded and offended" by Trump, Stewart explains, and so they always take the bait when he goes after them, instead of focusing on more important things. "They take it personally, and now he's changed the conversation to, not that his policies are silly or not working, or any of those other things," Stewart said. "It's all about the fight."

The comedian also observed that this fight with the media, which the president clearly loves since it redirects the public's attention, is one that Trump is always going to win. He added that when the media continuously expresses outrage at the way Trump treats them, they should think of how communities of color feel. Watch a portion of Stewart's interview below. Brendan Morrow

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