Jon Stewart joined Stephen Colbert on Monday’s “Late Show” to reply to Senate leader Mitch McConnell’s criticism of the former “Daily Show” host’s impassioned testimony to congress about the expiring 9/11 First Responder’s Bill.
Earlier, McConnell told “Fox & Friends” that he doesn’t understand why Stewart is “all bent out of shape” over the future of the fund.
That potshot got Stewart to jump up from underneath Colbert’s desk, where he presumably lives.
“He said WHAT?!?” an enraged Stewart asked.
Stewart explained that he’s “bent out of shape” on behalf of the heroes and victims he represented last week, and about how much congress has been dragging their collective feet on the much-needed medical funding.
“I know that your species is not known for moving quickly,” Stewart addressed McConnell, again calling the man a turtle.
Stewart then got serious.
“Meet with them, tomorrow,” Stewart implored. “And don’t make them beg for it.”
Stewart concluded with a brilliant callback using many of McConnell’s own critical words.
“If you’re busy, I get it,” Stewart said. “Just understand, the next time we have a war, or you’re being robbed, or your house is on fire, and you make that desperate call for help, don’t get ‘bent out of shape’ if they show up at the last minute, with fewer people than you thought were gonna pay attention, and don’t actually put it out — just sort of leave it there smoldering for another five years, ’cause that’s how s— is done around here, mister.”
“I’m sure they’ll put it out for good when they feel like getting around to it,” he continued. “No offense.”
Watch the video above.