Jon Stewart Shreds Rand Paul For Blocking 9/11 Victims Fund: ‘Fiscal Responsibility Virtue Signaling’

Jon Stewart Shreds Rand Paul For Blocking 9/11 Victims Fund: ‘Fiscal Responsibility Virtue Signaling’

Hours after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked the Senate from approving the reauthorization of the 9/11 victims compensation fund through unanimous consent, comedian Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responder John Feal appeared on Fox News to tear into both Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who has also announced that he’ll place “a hold on the legislation.”

Stewart, who last month publicly shamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell into promising to pass the funding, told Fox News anchor Bret Baier Wednesday night that Paul’s actions were “absolutely outrageous.”

“Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” the former Daily Show host exclaimed. “Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that added on parts of billions of dollars to our deficit and 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 are going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.”

Continuing to blast the libertarian senator, Stewart said that Paul was a “guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt” who is now going to suddenly say “a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle,” adding that the senator’s actions were “an abomination.”

Feal, meanwhile, took aim at both Paul and Lee, telling Baier that the pair “lack humanity” and are nothing more than “opportunists” and “bottom-feeders.”

“You can’t cherry-pick and choose when you want to be a conservative fiscal hawk, that’s just insulting to our intelligence,” Feal declared. “And shame on them. They lack humanity, they lack leadership.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.