Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to meet with first responders from the September 11th attacks this week after a public clash with comedian Jon Stewart over funding for the Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), the New York Post reported Sunday.
According to the report, the meeting was confirmed for Tuesday by FealGood Foundation founder and Ground Zero recovery worker John Feal, where he and “a couple of team leaders” will meet with the Kentucky senator.
“Listen, we come in peace. But we also — we’re prepared for anything, whether it’s a street fight or Mitch McConnell saying yes,” Feal told the New York Post.
The meeting comes after public urging from Stewart for the Senate majority leader to meet with 9/11 first responders last week.
The FealGood Foundation founder also said that President Donald Trump could benefit in his 2020 reelection efforts by pushing for more funding for the VCF.
“The president can just come out today with a tweet and tell every Republican senator to get on board — because they all fear him,” Feal said to the Post. “The president wraps his arms around law enforcement, military, firefighters. Here’s the perfect chance for him to do that while he’s getting ready for a re-election bid.”
Stewart brought national attention to the VCF during an emotional House Judiciary subcommittee hearing earlier this month where the former Daily Show host torched lawmakers for their poor hearing turnout, as IJR Blue previously reported.
“Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak, to no one — shameful,” Stewart said. “It’s an embarrassment to the country, and it is a stain on this institution, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.”
As IJR Red noted, the comedian appeared on “Fox News Sunday” earlier this month where he blasted McConnell as having “always held out until the very last minute” to fund the VCF and only “even deigned to move on it” after he had been called out publicly.
McConnell responded to Stewart’s criticism by stating that lawmakers “have never failed to address” VCF funding and that they “will address it again,” saying that he did not “know why he’s all bent out of shape.”