Instead of giving John Travolta grief on Twitter over mispronouncing Idina Menzel’s name during the Academy Awards, Daily Show host Jon Stewart suggested on Wednesday, Americans should be angry with Senate Republicans for derailing bills benefitting both veterans and military sexual assault survivors.
“I guess my question is, why do these senators get to stay in office?” Stewart asked. “Maybe if we frame their actions in ways that we know generate real outrage in America — by prioritizing sanctions on Iran over the health and safety of our existing veterans, I think these senators may have just tweeted out a picture of their enormous b*lls. Now can we kick them out?”
The national “shame-o-meter,” Stewart argued, was broken, since Americans put “d*ck pic tweets” at the top of the scale and stiffing veterans out of $21 billion in benefits at the bottom. Instead, he suggested inverting their positions, since GOP senators like Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Richard Burr (R-NC) were guilty of making hypocritical arguments against the bill and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“So the VA is wasteful, often, and ineffective. This is true, and adds to the debt for this bill,” Stewart conceded. “But apparently those were things that these senators didn’t worry about in 2008, when they voted to continue funding the Iraq war despite the Pentagon being unable to account for a missing $15 billion worth of sh*t that we bought.”
Stewart then ripped Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) explanation for attaching sanctions against Iran to the benefits bill, in which he said that the country would need to rely on veterans “to take care of [the] problem” of Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
“See that? We can’t afford to properly take care of our existing veterans when we know how many more veterans we’re about to create with our inevitable war with Iran,” Stewart said sarcastically. “It’s just bad economics.”
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