Jon Stewart chokes up, gives angry speech to Congress

  • Published: 11 June 2019
  • Former late night host and 9/11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart chokes up and slams Congress over health care for the 9/11 first responders during the hearing for reauthorizing the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

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  • alvisc2002
    alvisc2002  1 hours back

    it's weird that Loui Anderson didn't say anything though

    • extrafreshhh
      extrafreshhh  2 hours back

      This healthcare issue, senates lack of response to pollution and climate change, this just fucking proves they don’t give a fuck about the people who they represent.

      • pako joe
        pako joe  3 hours back

        Congress needs to be fired or displaced

        • Oisin Stack
          Oisin Stack  3 hours back

          Insert 9/11 joke

          *Grabs popcorn*

          • jacksputrid
            jacksputrid  4 hours back

            Titles are meaningless, real leaders don't need titles they need actions. Jon Stewart is a man first and everything else after

            • Tempting Fate
              Tempting Fate  4 hours back

              Hey look at that... I gave a CNN video a like. It took Jon Stewart yelling at congress to do it.

              • Incredible World
                Incredible World  7 hours back

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                • lizardking02793
                  lizardking02793  7 hours back

                  Jon Stewart is quite the actor.

                  • Peege Clarke
                    Peege Clarke  7 hours back

                    Er.. running for pre..

                    Prrress Secratary?

                    • fsoon yoog
                      fsoon yoog  7 hours back

                      I wanna know who are the 2.9k people who gave this a thumbs down

                      • justingutube
                        justingutube  7 hours back

                        If you are right wing or left wing I don't give a shit. Put your politics aside and have a fucking heart. Get it together Congress, get it together!

                        • Tom Ganks
                          Tom Ganks  8 hours back

                          Working in congress should be like serving in the military. Nothing more. No sponsorships, no paid speeches, no under the counter bullshit. You're there to represent our country and make it better for the sum of us.

                          • Yammo Yammamoto
                            Yammo Yammamoto  9 hours back

                            CNN are the ones sitting on the pulpit...
                            The REASON the First Responders are not prioritized - is because immigration is getting all of the moneiz.

                            • Annabel Attridge
                              Annabel Attridge  10 hours back

                              Every time a politician brings up 9/11 as a defense for why we need such a strong military and all of that never once stops and talks about the needs of those first responders who are now suffering. I find it depressing the person who stands up for them is a comedian and not those in power who could and should be helping those who risk their lives to help others on 9/11. The fact that they still do not have adequate health Care is appalling to me. My family originally Pink's New York from Ireland 1913 my great-grandfather my grandfather my great-uncle we're all volunteer firefighters. I'll never forget my grandfather telling me why he was a volunteer firefighter it was because he believed in the good of his community and believe that that good could only exist if everyone did what they could to continue that good. this is a disgrace and it's time that Mitch McConnell and his little band of goons got thrown out on their asses and a new era fueled by compassion and humanity and not by corporate interests takes place. My heart goes out to The first responders who are still suffering and to their families if anyone knows of a GoFundMe or away to help some of them please let me know I might not have much but I I would be remiss if I did not contribute what I could for these brave souls and thank you Jon Stewart for being a voice for good when so many in power are cowards.

                              • Eric Nick
                                Eric Nick  10 hours back

                                This is why healthcare for all matters.

                                • Sheriff of Rock Ridge
                                  Sheriff of Rock Ridge  10 hours back

                                  I don’t think that even phased them

                                  • Operaton Creation
                                    Operaton Creation  11 hours back

                                    Congress is so gross...

                                    • Jason Shepherd
                                      Jason Shepherd  11 hours back

                                      Just another reason why John Stewart is the Man.

                                      • Timed Revolver
                                        Timed Revolver  11 hours back

                                        How did Congress not just spontaneously combust when he was done?

                                        • sneakie squid
                                          sneakie squid  11 hours back

                                          Who the fuck down votes this? This is the problem with the government. Unless it's a vote getter they don't care. Watch though Sept 9 they will be out there saying never forget and wearing their American flag pins

                                          • silentruth
                                            silentruth  11 hours back

                                            Do we know who WAS in attendance from congress?

                                            • Kitty Kat
                                              Kitty Kat  12 hours back

                                              How is America a first world country 🤣🤣 Jesus Christ. Shit health care and shit government. Daaaaaaamn

                                              • john pappas
                                                john pappas  12 hours back

                                                Congress needs to be fired or displaced

                                                • john pappas
                                                  john pappas  12 hours back

                                                  Jon did you expect anything else.

                                                  • Tetractys
                                                    Tetractys  12 hours back

                                                    Brilliant man, brilliant speech! God bless you Jon Stewart and the 911 first responders.

                                                    • Chris Marv
                                                      Chris Marv  13 hours back

                                                      To hell with this new Congress.

                                                      • ss
                                                        ss  13 hours back

                                                        Jon, this is a problem all over at least the English speaking West. We have Economically Rationalised ourselves into inhumanity, selfishness and out-right greed. Where we expect dedicated people to go out and put their lives on the line for their community, state, country and not help or compensate them and their families, when they are injured or killed. We just chew them up and spit them out when we are done. The shameful treatment of armed forces veterans is the same.

                                                        • Caleb DesJardins
                                                          Caleb DesJardins  13 hours back

                                                          Jon Stewart has fantastic oratory skills...if he’s not careful he could run and be successful.

                                                          • patrick 4774
                                                            patrick 4774  13 hours back


                                                            • Sharif Ahmed-Zeballos
                                                              Sharif Ahmed-Zeballos  14 hours back

                                                              I wanna know who are the 2.9k people who gave this a thumbs down

                                                              • shep bojangles
                                                                shep bojangles  14 hours back

                                                                We need to have someone with this kind of drive and compassion stand up for our black community and put a stop to the racial profiling and overall mistreatment they face every day.

                                                                • payday64
                                                                  payday64  14 hours back

                                                                  Jon Stewart is the comedian and congress is his joke

                                                                  • jeoffmetry
                                                                    jeoffmetry  15 hours back

                                                                    I cant wait for Hollywood to make a movie about all this, and one day we’ll see videos that put the movie and the real life event in a side by side comparison.

                                                                    • Alex G
                                                                      Alex G  15 hours back

                                                                      So who are the names of everyone that wasn't there?

                                                                      • Kathryn Harris
                                                                        Kathryn Harris  15 hours back

                                                                        A-freaking-men! He is so right—there shouldn’t be a single no vote on this, and every lawmaker that considers voting no should have their constituents knocking down their doors, and sending them packing in their next reelection bid if they fail to do the jobs they were elected to do.

                                                                        These are the people that run toward the danger when everyone else is running away. It isn’t just a job. It’s a vocation, and it’s a sacrifice to the people they serve. They had to know riding in the trucks down to the WTC as the first tower was burning and as the second one was hit that they weren’t all going to come out of this alive. But they were going to die trying to save those people trapped in there if they had to. They didn’t consider doing any different. They had families at home to care for. But in that moment they were thinking only about getting those in the doomed towers home to THEIR families. It was their mission above all else. As many people who did die that day, it still could have been a lot worse. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s true. A LOT more people could have perished, and the only reason they didn’t is because of those men and women who responded in those early minutes as calls were coming into 911 dispatchers and people were still trying to figure out what the hell was going on. They knew people needed help, and when they answered those calls they didn’t count the cost.

                                                                        Even in the days following, when it went from being a rescue effort to one of recovery; to bring closure to families (as terrible as that knowledge would be), give them some answers and the opportunity to properly lay their loved ones to rest; these people worked tirelessly around the clock, covered with and breathing in soot and dust full of every toxin imaginable—concrete, paint, metals, lead, glass, asbestos, and yes, even jet fuel—stuff that no mere dust mask could protect them from. But they STILL didn’t count the cost. They just did the job; as they had done every day of their careers and hoped to continue doing for years more.

                                                                        Sadly though, the death toll would not be fully accounted for any time soon. It still is being counted, because many of those brave men and women who managed to survive that day will still perish as casualties of that horrific attack almost two decades later. Nearly TEN THOUSAND first responders and others at Ground Zero have been diagnosed with cancer since that time; determined to be most likely attributable to the environmental toxins they were exposed to in the aftermath of the attack. Why should any of us be surprised that this is happening? Any dolt with a functioning television screen and eyeballs in 2001 SAW what they were up against; what they were covered with and pulling into their lungs with every breath as they labored, doing the work every single American expected them to do and held them up as heroes at the time for doing it.

                                                                        This is why it isn’t enough to post “Don’t Forget” on every anniversary of that terrible day, but then do EXACTLY that every day in between. Shame on us if we stand by and allow it to happen! God bless this man for standing up and saying it. He isn’t doing it for himself, so he can get his fifteen minutes. He doesn’t need that. He is doing it for THEM; these heroes that have given EVERYTHING and don’t have the platform to be heard...some of whom have yet to pay the ultimate price after years of suffering and with their families buckling under the strain of lost wages and medical costs in the meantime, with the resulting foreclosures and daily calls from debt collectors because their loved ones had to stop working long before they were eligible to collect a pension.

                                                                        It would be lovely if we could say that this is all just in the past and that the pain and suffering as a result of the evil perpetrated on us that day could be tidily wrapped up and contained within a chapter of our history books. But that day isn’t here yet. Hell, think of all the veterans still suffering the effects of the Vietnam War! We even still have a few survivors of concentration camps and the battles of the Second World War. Why should we expect this war to be any different? Just like we still need to take care of those heroes, we cannot forget the heroes of 9/11.

                                                                        They certainly aren’t going to forget. They are still struggling with not only the physical effects; but the psychological effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of those experiences. Even New Yorkers who were merely PRESENT in the city that day are still struggling to overcome those horrific memories and the lasting emotional and even physical effects. Some of them moved away because it was too difficult to stay; the memories haunting them just from being there. I can not begin to imagine their pain, let alone that of people who ran into those burning and collapsing structures; who dug tirelessly through the 1.8 million TONS of debris, hoping to save just a few more lives before it was too late.

                                                                        Many families of those heroes never saw them again after they left for work that fateful day. Some didn’t even get a body to bury...1,717 families to be exact. Soon, medical experts estimate that the number of first responders who die as a result of 9/11 related morbidities will actually exceed the number lost on 9/11 and the days immediately following. There will still likewise likely be deaths that occur due to the effects of responding to the attack on the Pentagon; added to the numbers who perished at the crash site in Virginia, in the plane brought down short of its likely destination in Washington, DC; by passengers who knew they were going to die and made the choice that in their last act on this earth, they weren’t about to allow those evil men (who twisted a faith beyond all recognition into an excuse to take out our very center of government, defense, and business on that terrible day) take still more lives.

                                                                        The tough reality is that; even all these years later, those terrorists are unfortunately still winning. People are still suffering and dying as a result of what they chose as a most miserable and hateful legacy. This is to say nothing of the hate crimes since perpetrated against innocent Americans of Middle Eastern descent and/or their Islamic faith by people looking in all the wrong places to avenge what took place on that dark day. Unfortunately there isn’t anything we can do to change the past. But we CAN decide how we are going to respond today to the needs of those who responded so readily in OUR national time of need 18 years ago.

                                                                        There is only one path available to us to ensure that these terrorists don’t continue to rob us of innocent lives and that precious commodity of time that Mr. Stewart spoke so eloquently and passionately about: we can make sure that those who ran to save as many as they could because they had a kind of love and courage in their hearts that those terrorists could have NEVER comprehended let alone be capable of; don’t suffer alone, wondering how they are going to pay for their medical bills and meet the basic needs of themselves and their own loved ones.

                                                                        We can do that by making sure that the survivors’ fund continues to be there for those who need it. We can let our representatives in Congress know that WE want them to allocate more funding to this desperately important cause. I don’t know about you; but I can say one thing for myself: if it means making sure those heroes from that dark day have more time to make happy memories with those they love, and can suffer a little less; I’m MORE than happy to pay an extra $50 in taxes every year to keep that fund there for them when they need it. I’m on SSDI and I can afford that much. I suspect that you probably can too. If all of us chip in a little, we can make this happen.

                                                                        This certainly makes more sense to me than a full $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, or a border wall that could cost up to $70 billion and has no hope of actually solving the illegal immigration issues that we currently face, (which CAN be accomplished through much more sensible technological and tactical means already proven to work and that cost far less to implement and maintain). If you don’t believe me, do about five minutes of research...I’m not going to get into all of that here. Regardless of any of that though, the bottom line is that survivors need our support, and if we all come together we can make sure it happens. I can’t think of a better cause to champion right now than this one!

                                                                        Here’s what you can do RIGHT NOW to help get this done:

                                                                        First, sign the online petition to Congress to continue reauthorizing budget allocations to the 9/11 survivors’ compensation fund:


                                                                        Secondly, consider donating to the organization linked below that advocates for 9/11 survivors and helps them access needed resources:


                                                                        Third, share this information on your timeline and personally encourage your friends and family to do the same. You CAN make a difference. You won’t be the same kind of hero those first responders were, but you can offer JUST the kind of small act of heroism they need right now. All of our small acts of heroism can add up to make a truly significant impact. I hope you will be a part of it, and encourage your circle to join in as well!


                                                                        9/11 By the Numbers:


                                                                        Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost on that fateful day:


                                                                        9/11 first responders begin to feel attack's long-term health effects:


                                                                        • Axis Galaxis
                                                                          Axis Galaxis  15 hours back

                                                                          Lol...a comedian thinks he can make a hijacked by a bunch of billionaire n millionaire pervert neo nazi professional corruptionist feel bad with Shame n funny...only thing that fixes our hijacked by PERVERT neo nazi professional corruptionist is a ride
                                                                          to d cemetery in a hearst...till then your all just hostages to those thats truth!

                                                                          • Bob Buff
                                                                            Bob Buff  15 hours back

                                                                            Fuck you CNN

                                                                            • Rusty Undercarriage
                                                                              Rusty Undercarriage  15 hours back

                                                                              Amen! Fake government.

                                                                              • Mesa Lowe
                                                                                Mesa Lowe  15 hours back

                                                                                Wait till you hear it blatantly. The system doesn't care.

                                                                                • Sha B
                                                                                  Sha B  15 hours back

                                                                                  wheres the right wing, trump supporter to bash Jon Stewart here?? this is an obvious issue, shut the f*** up about party affiliation and excerise some damn common sense.

                                                                                  • Kathleen Hanna Wannabe
                                                                                    Kathleen Hanna Wannabe  15 hours back

                                                                                    imagine if these people didn't have an advocate as articulate and moving as Jon Stewart. Imagine all the other people who don't.

                                                                                    • Chelsea Hill
                                                                                      Chelsea Hill  16 hours back

                                                                                      Wow this speech was amazing

                                                                                      • The Scranton Strangler
                                                                                        The Scranton Strangler  16 hours back

                                                                                        Jon is a cuck, Trevor is a better anchor

                                                                                        • Tavis Brown
                                                                                          Tavis Brown  16 hours back


                                                                                          • alienresearchlab
                                                                                            alienresearchlab  16 hours back

                                                                                            I wish he called them assholes at the end. Quit fucking around and get it done.

                                                                                            • deoo iopg
                                                                                              deoo iopg  16 hours back

                                                                                              This is a disgusting failure ! How u treat these ppl like this ??

                                                                                              • Ryan F
                                                                                                Ryan F  17 hours back

                                                                                                That was an incredible, passionate speech. Even angry, that was very well put and very true. Beautiful.

                                                                                                • Eristitia
                                                                                                  Eristitia  17 hours back

                                                                                                  Maybe Congress will learn the next time something like that happens and first responders decide to stay home and protect their families instead. I can't imagine many people are going to think it's worth it in a country where "Never Forget" has been used to scare the populace for two decades but there's nothing of substance in it.