Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is hitting former Daily Show host Jon Stewart after he joined fake news reports in blaming the Kentucky Senator for blocking a bill that would give funding to first responders who risked their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Not blocking the 9/11 bill – simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 17, 2019
Stewart wasn’t concerned about the facts when he attacked Paul over his proposal for an amendment to cut spending, using the heroes as pawns to launch left-wing attacks against conservatives and libertarians.
“At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous,” Stewart said during an interview with Fox News.
“He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt,” Stewart said, blatantly lying about Sen. Paul’s record. “And now he’s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, 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 a sudden we’ve got to go through this.”
Paul is refusing to take this defamation campaign from Stewart lying down.
“I know Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart is sometimes funny and sometimes informed,” Paul said during an appearance on Fox News.
“In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed,” he added. “I’ve spent my entire Senate career putting forward ‘pay-fors’ for any time spending is expanded. I put forward a pay-for for the border funding bill.”
“Jon Stewart doesn’t care about the truth,” Paul said. “It’s all about ‘me-me-me Jon Stewart — look at me, I’m on TV.”
Paul believes that Stewart has become apart of the problem that he used to lampoon on his comedy show.
“He’s really not informed, and his name-calling just sort of exposes him as a left-winger — part of the left-wing mob that really isn’t using its brain,” Paul said.
Paul’s chief strategist Doug Stafford noted that it was ultimately the bill’s sponsors who resulted in the week-long delay for the legislation, not Paul and his colleague Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) who proposed spending cuts.
Oh hey FYI the vote is set for next week on the 9/11 fund bill, along with votes on Paul and Lee amendment. We would have done it today but the bill sponsors – who falsel#y claimed it was an emergency yesterday -decided it should wait til next week suddenly.
— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) July 18, 2019
Paul’s good friend, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) made note that this media-concocted outrage, cheered on irresponsibly by Stewart, shows exactly why America is spiraling into debt-fueled bankruptcy.
Name one line item in the federal budget that a congressman could vote against without being called cruel, short sighted, or un-American by a significant portion of the electorate and the main stream media.
This is why we are $22 trillion in debt with no end of it in sight.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 17, 2019
While Stewart may be well-intentioned in championing the cause of the Sept. 11 first responders, he is doing the country no favors by repeating fake news lies and disparaging Paul’s consistent fiscal conservatism.