Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed comedian Jon Stewart as “bent out of shape” after Stewart called on the Senator to move quickly on extending the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.
The Senate Majority Leader’s callous remarks to Stewart’s impassioned plea were widely reviled across the internet.
Now, Stewart himself personally responded on colleague Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show.
On #LSSC tonight: Mitch McConnell says Jon Stewart is ‘bent out of shape’ for asking Congress to extend the 9/11 Vi… https://t.co/Dve2m7vwz3— The Late Show (@The Late Show) 1560817341.0
"No, no Mitch McConnell, I am not bent out of shape, I’m in fine shape," Stewart corrected. "Well, I am out of shape, but not because of you. ... I’m fine. I’m bent out of shape for them, these are the first heroes and veterans and victims of the great trillions of dollars war on terror. And they’re currently still suffering and dying and still in terrible need.”
Stewart continued to eviscerate McConnell:
"I feel like an a**hole. Now I feel stupid. This is a huge misunderstanding. I didn’t know that they were busy. I didn’t mean to interrupt them with their jobs."
The internet cheered.
@colbertlateshow I love you Jon Stewart! Your eloquence is magnificent!😍— Lisa Livingstone (@Lisa Livingstone) 1560817908.0
@colbertlateshow @kibblesmith John Stewart should be President.— The Screever (@The Screever) 1560822858.0
@colbertlateshow Thank you Jon Stewart for continuing to fight and truly never forgetting. 💙— Cristin Buckley (@Cristin Buckley) 1560818105.0
@colbertlateshow John Stewart is a national treasure. Also, Zelda music for the win. #DitchMitch https://t.co/YqE3aoBiCq— MacroAdam 🔞❄️ (@MacroAdam 🔞❄️) 1560821282.0
As excellent as Stewart’s takedown was, people hadn’t forgotten McConnell’s offenses.
@colbertlateshow @senatemajldr Senator McConnell, do your damn job! Help the 9/11 first responders and pass the bil… https://t.co/tCB8oAN3QA— Adam Metenosky (@Adam Metenosky) 1560828968.0
@colbertlateshow McConnell a profile in cowardice, cynicism, and failure to lead.— Authentic Upstream (@Authentic Upstream) 1560857051.0
@colbertlateshow Mitch McConnell is an embarrassment.— Ethan Moore (@Ethan Moore) 1560866484.0
Do better, Mitch.