Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jon Stewart of being a member of the “left-wing mob” Thursday after the comedian and activist called Paul’s move to block legislation to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund an “abomination.”
“I know Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, sometimes informed. In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed,” Paul said on Fox News while speaking with host Neil Cavuto.
Paul argued that he’s spent his entire Senate career putting forward “pay-fors anytime spending is expanded,” including for disaster relief funding.
“[Stewart is] really not informed,” Paul added. “His name-calling” exposed him as a member of the “left-wing mob” who “really isn’t using his brain.”
“It’s really kind of disgusting,” Paul continued. “He pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody who could see both sides and see through the B.S. 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.”
Paul created widespread outrage on Wednesday from Democrats after he objected to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) attempt to get the upper chamber to approve a House-passed bill that would reauthorize the victim compensation fund through fiscal 2090.
Gillibrand tried to gain the upper chamber’s approval by requesting unanimous consent, a procedural move that allows a bill to skip numerous steps if it’s passed unanimously.
But Paul objected, arguing that any new spending needed to be “offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable.” Paul added that he would offer an amendment to the House bill if it is brought up for a vote in the Senate.
Stewart is a longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders and he was unimpressed by the Kentucky senator’s “fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.” He also called it “outrageous” for Paul to argue for balancing the budget when he voted for President Trump’s tax cuts.
Current compensation for 9/11 first responders will likely run out this year without new legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after a meeting with 9/11 first responders that it was his plan to bring the bill up before the recess.