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.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 18, 2019
“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.
I love you Jon Stewart! Your eloquence is magnificent!😍
— Lisa Livingstone (@LisaLiv14353724) June 18, 2019
John Stewart should be President.
— The Screever (@Chalkarts) June 18, 2019
Thank you Jon Stewart for continuing to fight and truly never forgetting. 💙
— Cristin Buckley (@BenWasHere_inc) June 18, 2019
— MacroAdam 🔞[Sep. 18th 🎂] 🏳️🌈 (@AdamtheZilla) June 18, 2019
As excellent as Stewart’s takedown was, people hadn’t forgotten McConnell’s offenses.
@senatemajldr Senator McConnell, do your damn job! Help the 9/11 first responders and pass the bill! Shame on you if you don't!
— Adam Metenosky (@adm136) June 18, 2019
McConnell a profile in cowardice, cynicism, and failure to lead.
— Authentic Upstream (@authenticFNL) June 18, 2019
Mitch McConnell is an embarrassment.
— Ethan Moore (@_EthanMoore) June 18, 2019
Do better, Mitch.