‘Really Disgusting’: Rand Paul Hits Back at Jon Stewart for ‘BS’ Amid Feud over 9/11 Victims Fund Bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is swiping back at Jon Stewart after the former late-night comedian slammed the lawmaker over his decision to block a motion for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

After Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill on Wednesday for unanimous consent, Paul blocked the motion due to the cost of it, citing his concerns over the national debt.

“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.

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Mary MacDonald
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What happened to the 10.3 Billion dollars that we’re allocated to the emergency responders and volunteers that were sickened on 9/11?

Allen Zabel
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One has to ask the question:
What happened to the million dollar plus pay out per family, from the government and Red Cross, back in 2003?
Meanwhile, a service man who is killed, in battle, gets a miserly ten or twenty thousand dollar life insurance policy.
Then, when it was brought up to fund the serviceman’s family, with free college?
The Democrats blocked that bill.
Hypocritical much?

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