“It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in this country,” Paul previously said. “We have a 22 trillion dollar debt, we’re adding debt at about a trillion dollars a year, and therefore any new spending […] should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable.”
However, Stewart previously blasted Paul for his “absolutely outrageous” motion to block it, as IJR Blue reported.
“At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us,” he added. “And at this moment in time, maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the Senate was outrageous.”
Paul tweeted on Wednesday, “Not blocking the 9/11 bill – simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost.”
The Republican senator, however, doubled down in defense on Thursday as he told Fox News that Stewart’s portrayal of it all is “really disgusting.”
“I know Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, sometimes informed. In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed,” the senator responded to Stewart.
“He pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody that could be both sides and see through the B.S.,” Paul said. “Now he is the B.S. The B.S. meter is through the roof when you see him calling people names and calling people an abomination, when I’m asking for something reasonable.”
As for the bill, if it were to pass it would provide funding for the 9/11 first responders until 2092. The senator noted that the bill would cost roughly $2 billion per year until 2092.
Watch Paul’s interview below:
“People need to wake up and not be so, sort of overwhelmed by celebrity that they take out-and-out falsehoods and ad hominem attacks from — really a guttersnipe like Jon Stewart,” the Republican senator said.
Paul declared that the U.S. isn’t a “stingy” country and is one that “will continue to do more” for 9/11 first responders.