Just four months after passing the torch of blue papers to Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart returned to the "The Daily Show' for the first time on Monday night to talk about a cause he's supported for several years and to do what he arguably does best -- call out politicians for their bullshit.
Sporting a shiny white retirement beard and a simple gray t-shirt, Stewart appeared as a guest on the Comedy Central show to lampoon lawmakers in Congress for failing to renew legislation that provides critical health care coverage and other benefits to the brave first responders to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. As a result of working at Ground Zero, many first responders developed serious illnesses, and despite their continued need for medical care, Congress allowed part of the act to expire in September and it could fully expire next October if lawmakers don't reauthorize the legislation, according to a report by USA Today.
“These first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, have had to travel at their own expense to Washington, D.C., hundreds of times to plead for our government to do the right thing,” Stewart said. “My only conclusion is the people of Congress are not as good of people as the people who are first responders.” But, really, was that ever in question?
Watch both clips from Stewart's appearance here.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and feels like everyone can use a little more Jon Stewart in their lives these days. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.