Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked Republicans on Tuesday for their continued efforts to avoid taking responsibility for the federal government shutdown, despite it being precipitated by one of their own speaking for 21 hours
“The party of personal responsibility ain’t taking none,” Stewart said after playing a montage of clips of GOP lawmakers trying to pin the blame on Democrats.
Stewart then showed footage of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) interview with ABC News on Sunday in which Boehner did not deny that in July 2013 he offered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a continued resolution for government spending at levels below what Democrats wanted — while continuing to fund the Affordable Care Act — only to renege on the offer later.
“I and my members decided that the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand,” Boehner said at the time, which incensed Stewart.
“Did you f*cking hear that?” Stewart yelled at his audience. “Can we stop having a conversation about if ‘both sides are gonna blink.’ They had a deal.”
Stewart then challenged Boehner, saying, “You think Obamacare’s a big enough threat to this country that you need to shut down the government, fine. Own it. Don’t fart and point at the dog.”
Watch Stewart’s latest take on the shutdown, posted on YouTube by user “William Morris,” below.