Jon Stewart claimed that Washington D.C. has as much “arrogance and entitlement and elitism” as Hollywood when it comes to caring for everyday Americans.
Stewart has been working to help the first responders from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many of the first responders developed cancers and other diseases from their time rescuing people and cleaning up the debris from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash site for Flight 93.
Because of the illnesses faced by the heroes from September 11, Congress set up a fund to pay for the medical costs of the first responders. That funding package as it stands must be renewed by Congress every so often.
Stewart has been working with other first responders to ensure that the first responder’s fund is never a political tool. He has been working to have it extended through 2090 so that it lasts the lifetime of those who helped heal America after the terrorist attacks.
However, as IJR previously reported, Congress hasn’t been as enthusiastic about helping the first responders as Stewart is. He called out members of Congress for failing to show up to hearings and for brushing off first responders when they arrive to lobby for their health care.
In a follow-up interview, Stewart told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the top politicians in D.C. demonstrate many of the same qualities that Americans despise when they think of Hollywood.
Watch Stewart’s comments:
“I come from a world of show business and I think if you were to take all of the arrogance and entitlement and elitism that people don’t like about Hollywood and show business and you concentrated it in one city and gave those people actual power, that’s Washington. There’s a tremendous amount of people down there doing great work with goodwill, but there is a very small concentrated group of people at the top that have lost sight of what they’re there for and how it looks to the outside world.”
Stewart noted that only seven members of the 14 who should have been present on the sub-committee to hear the testimony from the first responders.
“That’s a failing grade and that shouldn’t happen,” Stewart noted.
The legislation Stewart is hoping to pass is expected to sail through the Senate. The comedian noted that he hopes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will allow the bill to pass in the Senate without too much partisan animosity.
As IJR previously reported, Stewart has been complimentary of the Trump Administration for their continued support for the first responders.