Jon Stewart Returns to ‘The Daily Show’ to Shame Congress As ‘Worst Responders’
Just four months after leaving The Daily Show, Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on the program for a very important reason: to stand up for 9/11 first responders, and condemn Congress as the “worst responders”, inspiring a hashtag that was among Twitter’s top trends for the night.
Stewart went into detail about the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act championed in 2010 by James Zadroga, which sought to provide permanent health care funding for first responders who are still suffering from injuries and illnesses sustained on 9/11 to this very day. Sadly, the Zadroga Act expired in September, leaving many sick first responders to travel to Washington, D.C. to fight for the bill.
“Soon to be out of money, these first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, had to travel at their expense to Washington, D.C., hundreds of times to plead for our government to do the right thing. Plead,” Stewart said. “The only conclusion I can draw is that the people of Congress are not as good a people as the people who are first responders.”
Ultimately, Stewart himself accompanied 9/11 first responders to the capitol, to participate in their attempts to change the minds of the lawmakers in Congress. It’s an emotional segment, and also a huge eye-opener. This is something that absolutely should not happen, particularly to the heroes who helped save lives during one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. Sure, this segment has its comedic, entertaining moments, but it’s enough to get you mad at how these sick citizens are being treated. Watch the videos below:
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