Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, has been spending his retirement fighting to secure lifetime funding for the healthcare costs of the 9/11 first responders who risked their lives and breathed in dangerous chemicals following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

He’s already raked Congress over the coals for repeatedly dragging their heels on a bill to ensure funding for all of the responders’ medical needs—funding which is running out due to the fact that so many of them are developing cancer due to breathing in burning metal, electronics, and glass.

After years of fighting, Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand attempted to fast-track the bill due to the fact that 9/11 responders have already had their benefits cut by up to 70 percent as their medical bills pile up. However, Rand Paul derailed this effort by objecting based on the usual fake deficit hawk reason.

“It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in this country. We have a $22 trillion debt, we’re adding debt at about a trillion dollars a year,” he said. “And therefore any new spending that we are approaching, any new program that’s going to have the longevity of 70, 80 years, should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable.”

Rand Paul did not have the same opinion when he voted in favor of Trump’s multi-billion-dollar tax cuts for the rich, which is adding much more to the national debt than this bill ever could—something that Jon Stewart pointed out while calling Rand Paul’s actions “an abomination.”

“You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card,” said Stewart, “but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community—the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors—all of the sudden we’ve got to go through this.”

“Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.”

Stewart also called Paul and his co-conspirator Senator Mike Lee “bottom feeders” who “lack humanity.”

Jon Stewart is not the only one upset with Rand Paul right now, to the point that some people are tweeting the hashtag #RandPaulHatesAmerica.

As much as people hate Rand Paul, they love Jon Stewart for his fire.

Mitch McConnell has promised that the bill will be brought to a vote before the Senate takes a recess in August.

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*First Published: July 18, 2019, 10:36 am