Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart sarcastically said on Friday that he felt “like a billion dollars” as he went from door to door in the Senate pushing for a bill that would provide health care to police and firefighters who responded on the scene of the 9/11 attacks.
“Always happy to see John and all the other first responders that are ill have to come down here and convince senators who are hiding in their offices and sending out staffers to try and run interference to do the right thing,” he told MSNBC host Luke Russert.
Stewart then took aim once again at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), reiterating his statement from a day earlier that McConnell boasted about providing care for nuclear workers and then pulled the Zadroga Act from a highway funding bill.
“The health care bill for them isn’t gonna cost a lot more money, ’cause there’s only a finite amount of these guys and they’re dying,” he argued, pointing toward a responder identified as John. “If [McConnell] wants to come out and explain that, I’d be happy to hear it. Thus far I have not heard an adequate answer.”
When Russert told him that critics of the Zadroga Act called it an “entitlement program,” an exasperated Stewart threw up his hands and said, “That’s insanity.” Shortly after that exchange, Mike stepped in.
“Let’s talk about what an entitlement is: a two-year term with a lifetime pension,” he told Russert. “Those who are on chemotherapy, those who are taking $30,000 a month in medication, that’s not an entitlement — that’s called f*cking living.”
Watch Russert’s interview with Stewart, as aired on Friday, below.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.
Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline with Nicolle Wallace" to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will "wake up" Republicans who seem disinterested in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.
Fox News viewers lose it after ‘horrible monster’ Shep Smith gets emotional over photo of dead migrants
Fox News host Shepard Smith castigated the Trump administration on Wednesday after a heartbreaking photo surfaced showing two dead migrants who had been trying to cross the U.S. southern border.
"This photo is deeply disturbing," Smith warned viewers before showing the photo of a drowned father and his daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande.
"Of course, it is legal to present yourself for asylum in the United States," the Fox News host continued. "Legal under American and legal under international law."
According to Smith, current Trump administration policies "are forcing some who are desperate back home to take the chance at crossing the river."