Jon Stewart slams ‘disingenuous’ Mitch McConnell for holding up anti-sex trafficking bill
While he was upset with both Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart was especially angry at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the delay in an anti-sex trafficking bill that had bipartisan support.
As the New York Times reported, the bill would create a fund for sex trafficking victims, but also includes a provision banning the money from being used to pay for abortions.
Stewart knocked Republicans for sneaking the abortion ban into the measure after both parties supported it in committee votes, and argued that McConnell was making a “disingenuous point” when he accused Democrats of delaying the bill for the sake of “left-wing special interest groups.”
“The only reason the language is in there is because you’re bowing down to right-wing special interests,” Stewart raged, climbing over his desk.
But while the GOP had engaged in some “f*ckery,” Stewart said, Democrats were “dumbasses” for failing to read the revised version of the bill, which Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said “you could blame it on staff.”
“How about I blame not reading the bill on you?” Stewart responded. “The guy in charge of Senate Democrats, whose last name is literally ‘Reid.’ How did you not read this bill?”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online Tuesday, below.