Jon Stewart Congress 9/11 – First responders of 9/11 and their advocates, including Jon Stewart choked up Tuesday while slamming Congress over health care for responders to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Jon Stewart Congress 9/11:
“As I sit here today, I can’t help but think, what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to,” Stewart said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
“Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress,” Stewart said.
“Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one,” he said, tearing up. “Shameful. It’s an embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution. And you should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren’t here. But you won’t be, because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”
Jon Stewart 9/11 Hearing:
At the time of the hearing, Jon Stewart recalled how he used to get angry at the injustices the first responders faced, such as having “another business card thrown our way as a way of shooing us away like children trick or treating, rather than the heroes that they are and will always be.”
“There is not a person here, there is not an empty chair on that stage, that didn’t tweet out, ‘Never forget the heroes of 9/11,’ ” Jon Stewart said.
“Well, here they are! And where are they?”
“Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity — time!” Jon Stewart said.
Taking a moment to compose himself again, Stewart added, “it’s the one thing they’re running out of.”
“We’ve all been through this too many times to not be skeptical,” Jon Stewart told Malveaux. “When it happens then we’ll believe it, but trust me its not going to be a celebration, it’s just going to be a sigh.”
“Al-Qaeda didn’t shout death to Tribeca — they attacked America, and their response to it is what brought our country back,” Jon Stewart said.
“They did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity, humility,” Stewart added, tearing up.
Emphatically finishing, Stewart shouted, “18 years later, do yours!”
I. Love. Jon. Stewart.
I can’t even put into words how much I miss his thoughtfulness, his passion, his humor, and his entire perspective.
Like the great news anchors before him, he brought us a feeling of reassurance knowing that he was there to make sense of it all. https://t.co/CuSQfLhvGa
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 12, 2019