Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has apparently been doing a lot of work on behalf of first responders on 9/11, and good for him for doing so!
During a press conference on Monday, he went after the media and some people in government for dragging their feet or ignoring this very important group of people and the funds intended to care for them.
Shockingly, he praised the Trump Justice Department for its handling of the funds and their disbursement.
FOX News has details:
Jon Stewart praises Trump DOJ, pushes bipartisan bill to give 9-11 victims ‘the care they earned’
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday introduced a plan to permanently authorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund at full level, following the announcement of a funding shortfall revealed earlier this month that would cut rewards to the 9/11 first responders and survivors who have become ill due to exposure to toxins and chemicals.
Comedian Jon Stewart, a prominent advocate for first responders, praised the Trump Justice Department’s administration of the fund, saying it was doing “an excellent job.”
“The claims are going through faster and the awards are coming through,” Stewart said. ” … That’s why we’re in the problem that we’re in, is the program works exactly like it’s supposed to. So now it’s Congress’ job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace.”
Here’s Stewart’s exact quote via the Washington Examiner:
“Are the cameras on? Is everybody on me? The Trump Justice Department is doing an excellent job administrating this program. The claims are going through faster, and the awards are coming through,” Stewart said of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. “The Trump Justice Department, I don’t know about anything else, I’m not going to comment on anything else, but that’s why we’re in the problem that we’re in is the program works exactly like it’s supposed to, so now it’s Congress’ job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace.”
Watch the video:
Jon Stewart calls for reauthorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act: "The Trump Justice Dept. is doing an excellent job administrating this program … the program works exactly like it's supposed to, so now it's Congress' job to fund it properly" https://t.co/QeLtpLNjfu pic.twitter.com/J5vHdYx0og
— Deena Zeina Zaru 👩🏻💻 (@Deena_Zaru) February 25, 2019
That’s absolutely amazing. Kudos to Mr. Stewart for his honesty and for the work he has done for the first responders.
Maybe some other folks in the entertainment industry could follow his lead.