UPDATE with video: Jon Stewart misses his The Daily Show platform. He returned to the Comedy Central show tonight and mostly took it over to lobby viewers about a bill to finance 9/11 first responders health care. It’s being held up in Congress, by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he explained to an incredulous Trevor Noah, who mostly played straight man.
“Papa?” Noah asked, when Stewart appeared on stage, then wondered if Stewart was taking back the show. No, and yes. Stewart showed video of his recent visit to Washington D.C. to convince lawmakers to pass a permanent extension to a bill that would fund 9/11 health care and compensation. The original version expired in September. Stewart was unable to scare up politicians who, he said are like meerkats and hide when they sense danger.
“I get to say this one time and one time only: Welcome back to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah with Jon Stewart,” Noah said sweetly if (we’re guessing) inaccurately, when they returned from commercial break. (See Part 2 video below.)
The concept of permanent funding has the support of 67 Senators and 260 members of the House, Stewart said, picking up where he left off. It comes down to the two members who control Congress: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who Stewart says he thinks is going to do the right thing because “ultimately he is still human.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – not so much.
“Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky doesn’t give a shit about anything except politics,” Stewart said, claiming McConnell had pulled funding for 9/11 responders out of a transportation bill passed last week when he did not get concessions about loosening oil export regulations.
Stewart wound up the segment with a call to action to his former viewers, to tweet their support of the funding and their displeasure with McConnell with either the hashtag #EndtheFuckery or #WorstResponders – the latter was trending on Twitter moments later.