Oh how we miss Jon Stewart.
Along with being incredibly funny the former host of the Daily Show still speaks with a moral clarity and gravitas that’s rarely seen today.
He used his rhetorical gifts in the service of a very good cause on Tuesday, excoriating Congress for not passing funding for the 9/11 compensation fund, which helps pay for the medical bills and care of those suffering grave health effects from the substances they inhaled on 9/11 as first responders, and which is set to expire next year.
A packed House chamber fell totally silent as Stewart tore into lawmakers for their inaction, growing emotional at several points, and saying:
“Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: Time! It’s the one thing they’re running out of.”
He concluded his speech by telling Congress:
“They did their jobs, with courage, grace, tenacity, humility..18 years later, do yours!”
Jon Stewart concludes his statement, urging Congress for more funding for the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to a standing ovation.
"They responded [to 9/11 attacks] in 5 seconds. They did their jobs, with courage, grace, tenacity, humility … 18 years later, do yours!" pic.twitter.com/KDZkEYtLjc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 11, 2019
Stewart has been working with and advocating for the 9/11 responders for years, shining a light on the plight of individuals that our country claims to revere as heroes but who our elected leaders seem less than eager to support as they deal with the serious health consequences of their heroic actions.