Jon Stewart Returns to Shame Congress

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Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart shares his attempts to interview senators about the renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides health care to 9/11 first responders. (8:22)

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IN THE REPTILE KINGDOM, IGUANASARE KING.

BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS, DO THEYHAVE --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I'M SORRY, SIR.

ARE YOU LOST?

>> NO, TREVOR, WAIT!

IT'S ME!

TREVOR!

IT'S ME!

>> Trevor: PAPA?!

NO!

(LAUGHTER)

IT'S ME!

>> Trevor: IT'S JON STEWART,EVERYBODY!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

OH, WOW!

OH, WOW!

IT'S JON STEWART!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

OH!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

THIS IS AWESOME!

OH, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT -- (BLEEP).

ARE YOU HERE TO TAKE THE SHOWBACK?

OH, MAN, I HEARD ABOUT THISIN AMERICAN TV!

ARE YOU TAKING THE SHOW BACK?

>> NO, TRUST ME!

TRUST ME!

A THOUSAND TIMES NO!

ACTUALLY, I HAVE THIS ISSUE, ICARE ABOUT IT VERY DEEPLY AND I

WAS WONDERING, I WANT TO GETATTENTION PAID TO IT, BUT I WAS

REALIZING I DON'T HAVE A SHOW,AND NOBODY GIVES A (BLEEP)

ANYMORE.

SO I THOUGHT, YOU HAVE A SHOW,AND MAYBE I COULD COME AND --

>> Trevor: HEY...

I'M HERE FOR YOU, JON.

MY SHOW IS YOUR SHOW, MY FRIEND.

>> OH!

>> Trevor: YEAH!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHAT DO DO YOU NEED?

>> LET ME JUST --

>> Trevor: NO, I'M NOT GONNA --

>> I UNDERSTAND.

THAT'S GOOD.

SO BACK IN 2010, OKAY, AFTER FARMORE LOBBYING THAN SHOULD HAVE

EVER BEEN NECESSARY, CONGRESSPASSED WHAT WAS CALLED THE

ZADROGA ACT, HEALTHCARE FOR 9/11FIRST RESPONDERS WORKING AT

GROUND ZERO AFTER THEGOVERNMENT TOLD THEM IT WAS SAFE

BUT IT GAVE THEM CANCER.

>> Trevor: SO HAD TO CELEBRATETHE ANNIVERSARY?

>> NO, THEY FUNDED THE ACT FIVEYEARS.

THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEPROGRAM WOULDN'T HAVE PEOPLE WHO

WOULD TRY TO CHEAT IT AND YOUCOULD SCIENTIFICALLY PROVE A

LINK BETWEEN THE RESPONDERSHORRIBLE DISEASES AND TOXIC AIR

THEY WERE BREATHING DAY IN ANDDAY OUT WORKING AT GROUND ZERO.

>> Trevor: AND YOU'RE HEREBECAUSE THEY COULDN'T PROVE THE

LINK?

>> NO, THEY PROVED THE LINK.

>> Trevor: I SEE, BUT THEREWAS A LOT OF FRAUD.

>> THERE WAS NO FRAUD.

>> Trevor: SO NO REASON TO NOTRENEW IT PERMANENTLY.

>> YOU'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE,ARE YOU?

OF COURSE THERE WAS NO REASONNOT TO RENEW IT PERMANENTLY, BUT

THEY DID NOT RENEW IT WINANYWAY!

IT EXPIRED IN SEPTEMBER, SOON TOBE OUT OF MONEY, MANY FIRST

RESPONDERS, SICK WITH CANCER,PULMONARY DISEASE, HAD TO TRAVEL

AT THEIR EXPENSE TOWASHINGTON, D.C. HUNDREDS OF

TIMES TO PLEAD FOR OURGOVERNMENT TO DO THE RIGHT

THING.

PLEAD!

>> Trevor: SO YOU'RE HERE TOTELL US ONCE CONGRESS SAW THE

FIRST RESPONDERS, OBVIOUSLY,THEIR RENEWED VIGOR CAME IN,

THEY RENEWED THE HEALTHCAREFUNDING AND MADE IT PERMANENT,

RIGHT?

>> YOU'RE NOT FROM AROUNDHERE...

THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT.

>> Trevor: THAT DOESN'T MAKESENSE, JON STEWART!

>> I KNOW!

THE ONLY CONCLUSION I CAN DRAWIS THAT THE PEOPLE OF CONGRESS

ARE NOT AS GOOD A PEOPLE AS THEPEOPLE WHO ARE FIRST RESPONDERS.

>> Trevor: OH, WELL, JON --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

-- I DON'T KNOW...

>> THAT'S WHAT I THINK.

>> Trevor: I DON'T KNOW, JOHN,YOU CAN'T SAY THAT BECAUSE HOW

WOULD YOU KNOW?

>> LAST WEEK, I HAD THE DISTINCTHONOR OF ACCOMPANYING SOME OF

THESE HEROS ON ONE OF THEIR MANYTRIPS DOWN TO THE CAPITOL TO SEE

HOW IN GOD'S NAME THIS IS IN ANYWAY A CONTROVERSIAL OR

NON-PRIORITY ISSUE.

IT'S EASY TO TAKE OUR DEMOCRACYFOR GRANTED BUT SEEING IT FIRST

HAND IS TRULY HUMBLING.

I'M HERE IN THE SEANTE RUSSELLBUILDING TO WITNESS THE MAJESTY

OF OUR NATION'S LEGISLATIVEPROCESS.

THE BEAUTY, COMPASSION,INTELLIGENCE -- I'M JUST (BLEEP)

YOU.

I'M HERE TO SEE IF SHAME WORKS.

SAHME -- THE EMOTION YOU MIGHTHAVE IF YOU WERE A SENATOR

WHO TWEETED AFTER 9/11, WE WOULDNOT FORGET OUR HEROS, BUT DID BY

NOT SIGNING ON TO THIS BILL.

WE DECIDED TO HAND-DELIVER THEIRSHAME.

WE'RE GOING TO STOP IN TO RANDPAUL'S OFFICE.

IS HE IN?

>> I DON'T KNOW, THERE MAY HAVEBEEN A BRIEFING.

>> WE WERE WONDERING IF SENATORJOHNSON IS HOME.

>> I'M NOT SURE.

LET ME CHECK.

>> TRICK OR TREAT, ANYBODY WECOULD SPEAK TO ABOUT THE 9/11

RESPONDER'S BILL SENATOR PORTMANHAS YET TO SUPPORT?

IS THERE WHO IT WOULD BEAPPROPRIATE T BE UPSET WITH?

>> YES, SIR, I WOULD BE HAPPY TOCHECK FOR YOU IF YOU --

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, I REALLYAPPRECIATE IT.

>> WHO CAN I GIVE THIS TO?

WHO CAN I FOLLOW UP WITH?

>> I APPRECIATE IT.

YEAH, SO ACTUALLY WE CAN'TRECORD INSIDE THE OFFICE.

IF WE COULD STEP OUTSIDE.

>> WE CAN RECORD OUT IN THEHALLWAY?

WHY IS THAT YOU CAN'T RECORD INTHE OFFICE, IS IT ACOUSTICS?

>> I BELIEVE HE'S AT A COMMITTEEMEETING.

>> THE BILL HAS BEEN TAKEN OUTAND WE'RE LOST AGAIN AND THESE

ARE -- THESE GUYS ARE ALL DYINGSO WE WOULD LIKE TO STOP THAT.

>> NO, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND.

YOU DON'T WANT IT IN THESHAME CHAMBER, YOU WANT IT IN

THE SHAME HALLWAY.

>> HERE'S MY CARD.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SET UP A TIMEWITH YOU ON CAMERA.

>> THEY'RE LIKE IN MANY WAYSMEERKATS OR PRAIRIE DOGS BUT IF

THEY SENSE DANGER, INFORMATIONTHEY DON'T LIKE, BOOM, RIGHT

BACK INTO THE HOLE.

IF WE NEED TO WAIT HERE UNTILHE'S READY, I'M HAPPY TO DO

THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS, IDON'T REALLY HAVE A LIFE

ANYMORE.

I'M UNEMPLOYED NOW, SO I'MREALLY AVAILABLE ALL DAY.

>> OKAY.

AND I HAVE YOUR CARD, SO I'LLGET BACK TO OUR SCHEDULER AS

WELL.

>> DIDN'T KNOW THIS COUNTRY WASKNOWN FOR CRANBERRIES.

>> NUMBER ONE CRANBERRY PRODUCERIN THE STATE, YEAH.

>> SOME PEOPLE GOT MEETINGS.

>> WE'RE NEW ENERGY, HOW AREYOU?

>> HOW ARE YOU?>> NEW ENERGY.

>> SEE YOU GUYS. WHAT ARE YOU,HAVING A MEETING?

PASSING THE ZADROGA ACT SEEMSLIKE A NO BRAINER!

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S SEE THERE WAS AMONSTER UNDER YOUR BED OR IN

YOUR CLOSET AND YOU WERE SCAREDOF THE MONSTER AND PEOPLE CAME

IN, VERY HELPFUL PEOPLE, FIRSTRESPONDERS TO THE MONSTER

SITUATION, AND THEY HELPED GETRID OF THE MONSTER, CLEAN UP

AFTER THE MONSTER FOR MONTHS BUTBECAUSE THEY GOT MONSTER JUICE

ON THEM, GOT SICK.

WOULD YOU HELP THOSE PEOPLE?

>> YES.

>> NO.

>> HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

NO?

YOU WOULD BE A GOOD CONGRESSPERSON.

WOULD YOU GUYS TAKE CARE OF THEPEOPLE?

>> YES.

IT SEEMS OBVIOUS.

SO WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THIS ISOUR SENATOR MCCONNELL -- YOU BE

SENATOR MCCONNELL IN THIS -- ANDYOU WOULD BE, UH, NORMAL HUMAN

PEOPLE.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

THANK YOU YOU GUYS FORLISTENING.

WHAT TIME IS SNACK?

IS IT SOON?

WE CAUGHT UP WITH SENATORPORTMAN ON HIS WAY FROM VOTING

TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ON THETERRORIST WATCH LIST COULD STILL

BUY GUNS.

>> WE'LL LET THEM KNOW I SUPPORTIT.

THE QUESTION IS HOW TO PAY FORIT.

>> YOU KNOW YOU CAN FIND MONEYWHEN YOU WANT.

SO THAT PAY FOR IT STUFF REALLYDOESN'T REACH -- IT'S NOT

PASSING THE LITMUS TEST WITH MEAT ALL.

>> THAT NIGHT, SENATOR PORTMANOF OHIO SIGNED ON TO THE BILL.

MAYBE SHAME DOES WORK.

IF IT DOESN'T, MAYBE WE SHOULDFOLLOW AROUND MITCH MCCONNELL

MAKING THIS FACE AT HIM.