Comedian Jon Stewart ripped into GOP Senator Rand Paul over his actions which helped to block a bill meant to assist 9/11 first responders and their families with medical expenses. As The Hill reports:
Comedian Jon Stewart on Wednesday strongly condemned Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) after he and another GOP senator objected to legislation to extend the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, saying that Paul’s “virtue signaling” was “outrageous.”
“It’s absolutely outrageous. Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” Stewart said on Fox News while appearing alongside 9/11 first responder John Feal.
The comments from Stewart came just hours after Paul objected to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) attempt to get the upper chamber to pass a House-passed bill that would reauthorize the funding through fiscal 2090 by unanimous consent…
“Now he stands up at the last minute, after 15 years of blood, sweat and tears from the 9/11 community, to say that it’s all over now. Now we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community,” Stewart said.
Paul claimed he blocked the bill in order to help balance the budget, but sacrificing the health of 9/11 first responders in order to do so strikes most as unpatriotic and selfish.