Jon Stewart chokes up, gives angry speech to Congress

  • Published on Jun 11, 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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Comments • 26 705

    JUSTICE lod EST Hour ago

    Dear John Stewart.....
    I totally understand you and what you're fighting for.....and the facts in my eyes were right in front of you ....our government doesn't really care about its people and what we do for them....and I feel that it is a huge hypocrisy that Congress won't give us the time of day to do for it's people what it's people need.....they take enough time to start wars and fund its own self imposed drug wars.....this is a fine example of what our government has finally come to...

  • Myron Severa
    Myron Severa Hour ago

    Im not a big fan of John Stewart. But Damm, he is spot on. Impressive. And these Damm worthless Congress asses, want to vote in a 4000 dollar raise for themselves.

  • fsoon yoog
    fsoon yoog Hour ago

    them are total pieces of shit & anti-American scum.

  • Rent A Center
    Rent A Center Hour ago

    What's wrong with you Congress and senators take care of your own it's a shame that the United States don't take care of their veterans or the emergency workers or the 9/11 get with the program use some of that money for a good cause. CNN BuzzFeed.

  • TheCaptainKim
    TheCaptainKim Hour ago

    This continuous debate about health care is sickening in my European eyes (Dutch). It's not just about 9/11, it's all about RESPECT for the population, it's about civilisation and doing what's right. Shame on you, USA, shame shame shame.

  • Randy Magnum
    Randy Magnum Hour ago

    Where did all the 9/11 fund go? Who was responsible for it?

  • Kwame Brown
    Kwame Brown 2 hours ago

    guarantee everyone who showed up for congress was only there cause its jon stewart. shameful system 😑

  • FireWaia
    FireWaia 2 hours ago

    As a Swedish guy with "free healthcare" i can't help but think you might be duped whenever an American politician or lobbyist calls our system a communist like one...

  • Support Team
    Support Team 2 hours ago

    Actors gonna act!!!!

  • xx XXX
    xx XXX 2 hours ago

    What’s that a Jew.🧐🧐🧐

  • Meek In Spirit
    Meek In Spirit 2 hours ago

    The title sasy alot about CNN

  • Smoove J
    Smoove J 3 hours ago +1

    This was fantastic. The next Super Bowl halftime show should just be Jon Stewart humiliating Congress for 30 minutes.

  • Pueri Demus
    Pueri Demus 3 hours ago

    Stop welfare , services for illegals , worthless programs, foreign aide, wars, paying for Congress perks, subsidies on and on and on. There is plenty of money to help those who really need it

  • closertothetruth
    closertothetruth 3 hours ago

    theyll hold the ordinary men accountable but not themselves

  • Syed Abdul Rahman
    Syed Abdul Rahman 3 hours ago

    When a man who spent most of his life doing comedy takes issues like these more seriously than those elected to represent the people, you know your system has failed you.

  • Nur Lowe
    Nur Lowe 5 hours ago


  • Nic De Houwer
    Nic De Houwer 5 hours ago

    As long as you CNN hacks realise that you are part of the villains in this story. Every time a sincere, good person states that universal health care is an absolute necessity, you evil clowns ask "how are you going to pay for it though lol", but never ask this when twenty times as much money goes to killing brown people all over the planet. You are part of the rank hypocrisy. realise this.

  • yeni toy
    yeni toy 5 hours ago

    taken seriously, he spawned a chain of shows which dumbed down political discourse, and made it toxic.

  • Taiafiafi Williams
    Taiafiafi Williams 6 hours ago

    I do not see why this is even a question smh

  • chocol8milk
    chocol8milk 6 hours ago

    I 'm reading all the comments. There is a lot of indignation, rightly so. Rather than raging here on youtube, please stop being lazy like most citizens in our country. Instead participate in our government.

  • TheAaronRodgersTao
    TheAaronRodgersTao 7 hours ago

    It’s too bad that I thumbs up this video and cnn gets the benefit. Not the fucking struggling and sick individuals that were the heroes of that day. But the horrid and evil corporation that keeps us ignorant and apathetic. Jon Stewart is showing us what it means to be human. Fucking wake up cnn. Wake up congress!!!! You are destroying the planet and humanity along with it.

  • Yolanda
    Yolanda 7 hours ago

    Thank you John!

  • San Diego
    San Diego 7 hours ago +1

    almost all the empty seats were those of Republican Congressman.... notice scumbags like Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Steve King, Devin Nunes.... NO WHERE TO BE SEEN. all of them are total pieces of shit & anti-American scum.

  • Ryan Gennaro
    Ryan Gennaro 7 hours ago

    The media is forced to cover this, because a mega star finally brought this to light. This has been an ongoing fight since 9/11.
    To quote the late great George Carlin “the government doesn’t give a fuck about you. It simply doesn’t give a fuck”.

  • Alex
    Alex 7 hours ago

    John Stewart for President of the United States.

  • Trent Werner
    Trent Werner 7 hours ago

    Our American Congress is a disgrace, just like our president, and just like the Democratic and Republican parties as a whole. Can we come together as AMERICANS again and not against each other?

  • n1ko
    n1ko 7 hours ago +1

    Tfw the comedian is the smartest one in the room 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • G G
    G G 7 hours ago

    No more illegal offensive wars

  • Dawid Kostka
    Dawid Kostka 7 hours ago

    Really USA its 2019 and you still dont have a decent health care....

    • Pueri Demus
      Pueri Demus 3 hours ago

      It’s great healthcare the problem is govt is in the way

  • Chris Nenshati
    Chris Nenshati 8 hours ago

    18yrs too late

  • Paris Sitochi
    Paris Sitochi 8 hours ago

    it's like Dad was speaking to that kid who's playing with his future

  • kentonwill
    kentonwill 8 hours ago

    Does anyone know why Jon was at the hearing in the first place? Absolutely no hate, I love Jon and I love this speech but I'm genuinely curious why he was the one to speak up about this

  • misfitjoe12
    misfitjoe12 8 hours ago

    Punk rock

  • Ethan G.
    Ethan G. 8 hours ago


  • Brian M
    Brian M 9 hours ago

    They said the healthcare for the responders was a “New York” issue, by that logic I suppose 9/11 was a New York tragedy but not a American tragedy or world tragedy.

  • Jackson Jett
    Jackson Jett 9 hours ago

    Meanwhile AOC is telling us why each congressperson deserves a pay raise so they won't be tempted to turn to corruption. They can't live off 178k a year, they need more but screw these people who gave all to serve and protect. These garbage humans cant even show up to their job and listen to suffering American heroes. Anyone who supports her or this type of thinking is evil.

    • fitzy098
      fitzy098 8 hours ago

      The GOP were first to table this bill.

  • M L
    M L 9 hours ago +1

    This government spends billions of our taxpayer money on wars and weapons, Trump's family, but we can't have normal medical coverage. You end up in emergency and they bill you with $1,5K to pay. WTF. The most shittiest corrupt medical mafia system.

    • M L
      M L Hour ago

      @Pueri Demus STFU, Trump is the biggest problem of our country right now. The insane immature clown-criminal.

    • Pueri Demus
      Pueri Demus 3 hours ago

      Just couldn’t help yourself by mentioning trump as if he’s the problem. Stop crying already

  • francis chow
    francis chow 9 hours ago

    The man who started the trend of "comedy" news, which became more and more dishonest as they grew in cultural influence, tools of woke capital, this man is no longer to be taken seriously, he spawned a chain of shows which dumbed down political discourse, and made it toxic.

  • Dom W
    Dom W 9 hours ago

    God damn Jon Stewart. You’re the man.

  • Russell Nunez
    Russell Nunez 9 hours ago +1

    I wish I could like this video a thousand times, and then a thousands times more. It shocks me in the worst way that this mans words could garner nearly 3,000 dislikes. How can anyone, republican or democrat, liberal or conservative, dislike this mans message?! I myself do not make much financially, but I would willingly give up 2, 5 even 10 percent of my net income to help these men and women. I love this country and firmly believe a million others would do the same in a heartbeat. So why can't we take care of these heroes?.... Set the bullshit aside and do what is right for Gods sake!

  • Risa Nicola
    Risa Nicola 9 hours ago

    “Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, over opposition from some Republicans who balked at its $7 billion price tag. The act was reauthorized in 2015 for 90 years. But a portion of the law - the Victim Compensation Fund - was only funded for five years, through the end of 2020. The fund aimed to provide necessary financial support for the thousands who suffered serious medical issues, including a spate of cancer diagnoses, after the 2001 attacks.”
    “I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is ... a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one ... shameful," said Stewart at the outset of his remarks. A little over half of the 14-member subcommittee members were present, mostly Democrats.”

  • TropiCool
    TropiCool 9 hours ago

    I wonder who are those that gave nearly 3k thumbs down to this truthful and insightful talk...I call them traitors and self serving degenerates, hang em all and hang em high. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves whose concern was for the well being our nation and it's citizens.

  • demine100018
    demine100018 10 hours ago +1

    This is the best you guys have ONE JOB speech I have ever heard.

  • chiefersis
    chiefersis 10 hours ago

    This is a fake man guilty in death of first responders with a lot more power to help than he does. These bastards coordinate who to hand the next election to.

  • chiefersis
    chiefersis 10 hours ago

    Bullshit shtick of a fake man acting an even faker act. There is evidence that suggests liberals and republicans hand elections to each other. Which suggests an stage and comedian show clowns
    Cooperate; they never give it away it ends wars at least instantly lives lost every minute they keep quiet. Jon Stewart has blood on his hands and more power than this fake TV clowning he does.

  • David WhatsThatAbout
    David WhatsThatAbout 10 hours ago

    It’s funny how Jon Stewart makes a living off of making political jokes, yet deeply loves America and everything she stands for with all his heart. I wonder if the jokes he makes secretly hurts him, like laughing the pain away and find happiness by joking about a serious situation. He’s like the clown

  • Priyanka Jain
    Priyanka Jain 11 hours ago +1

    You run for president of my country sir.. (India)

  • Carlton
    Carlton 11 hours ago +1

    Was this a frickin movie outtake? Stewart is a masterful spokesman.

  • LapinBeau
    LapinBeau 11 hours ago

    By denying these heroes health care, they're basically finishing the job for the terrorists.

  • MrAcerulez
    MrAcerulez 11 hours ago

    Why doesn’t this have like, 100m more views?

  • Cicci Wan Kenobi
    Cicci Wan Kenobi 11 hours ago +2

    That is the most powerful,sincere and long overdue speeches that I’ve seen in a long long time. Thank you to John Stewart and to all first responders and those who protect us all.

  • Bulletsmichael
    Bulletsmichael 11 hours ago

    The government is suppose to serve the people and we're now begging our government to serve the people... Not just ordinary people, fucking heroes, who risked their lives and still pay the price daily.

  • deoo iopg
    deoo iopg 11 hours ago

    I lI love how specific members of congress asking for a raise didn't even bother to show up. What pieces of fucking shit, you don't deserve the money you make now.ove how specific members of congress asking for a raise didn't even bother to show up. What pieces of fucking shit, you don't deserve the money you make now.

  • Justin Williams
    Justin Williams 11 hours ago

    He needs to be the President.

  • Kausar Khan
    Kausar Khan 11 hours ago

    Great job John Stewart tell them losers!

  • Anuj Kapoor
    Anuj Kapoor 11 hours ago

    I have never seen someone this fearless and honest to a cause like John Stewart. Salute to him and salute to all those first responders and fire fighters.

  • patrickkelly3
    patrickkelly3 11 hours ago

    it is unbelievably shameful for so many committee members to be absent on that day!

  • patrickkelly3
    patrickkelly3 12 hours ago

    9/11 first responders deserve better. you want a half cent more of my income for taxes to help them after all that they have done?????? fine by me! shame on you Congress for not listening to what is right!

  • David Lee
    David Lee 12 hours ago

    One of the comments i read said they should have free health care for the rest of their lives and that this shouldn't even be up for discussion. I couldn't have said it better myself and it makes me sick to know these men and women literally gave their lives and much more to be denied such basic human rights. This is absolutely pathetic, appalling and shameful.

  • abc64pan
    abc64pan 12 hours ago +1

    Americans don't matter anymore, only illegals.

  • WaxestLowa732 R
    WaxestLowa732 R 12 hours ago


  • Jonathan Rivera
    Jonathan Rivera 12 hours ago

    Jon Stewart should absolutely, unequivocally and officially be awarded the congressional medal of honor for this!! I mean, My god sir, A true champion amongst the entirety of our species.

  • bigyanjit huidrom
    bigyanjit huidrom 12 hours ago

    US government sucks

  • NoLongerHuman13
    NoLongerHuman13 13 hours ago +9

    The NEW BEST QUOTE of 2019 “ Al Qaeda didn’t yell DEATH to TriBeCa “

  • NoLongerHuman13
    NoLongerHuman13 13 hours ago

    I’ve watched this about 10 times. It’s rare to see a REAL individual these days. But it’s fair to say that Jon is as real as they come when it comes to this issue. 💯✅🎯⚔️⏰⚖️

  • Arbi
    Arbi 13 hours ago

    All the absent people need to be fired and never be allowed for any public office ever again.

  • Nathan Scott
    Nathan Scott 13 hours ago

    You go John

  • Lisa Dondlinger
    Lisa Dondlinger 13 hours ago

    A- f%*cking -MEN!!!

  • William Faidley
    William Faidley 13 hours ago

    This is possibly the greatest speech that has ever been made. I forget that Mr. Stewart was fighting for this cause. This man was one of my favorite comedians, and now I think he is my favorite activist.

  • armygringo
    armygringo 13 hours ago +2

    This man is a legend. I fucking love this guy! Always enjoyed watching him on the Daily Show. And not even for the crude juvenile jokes, but for his courage, integrity, clarity, and authenticity. I can just tell that he is a genuine, kind man who really cares.

    Wish I could meet him someday and shake his hand. I'd vote for him if he ran for President - that's how highly I think of this guy. (And I don't throw words around.)

  • Has1b
    Has1b 13 hours ago

    They give $11 billion a year in funding/loans to Israel and can't take care of their only hero's. disgusting.

  • joesph kennedy
    joesph kennedy 13 hours ago

    Hummm martin luther king asked for fairness among all races , African Americans still havent recieved anything , this nation is shit

  • Katelynn Pearce
    Katelynn Pearce 14 hours ago

    I love how specific members of congress asking for a raise didn't even bother to show up. What pieces of fucking shit, you don't deserve the money you make now.

  • American Patriot Who Hates Trump

    Republicans are fucking pieces of shit

  • Vitjusha
    Vitjusha 14 hours ago

    We are living in historical times

  • Dave Or
    Dave Or 14 hours ago

    Jesus man.. Jesus

  • megadeth
    megadeth 14 hours ago

    lmao he should yell at bush cause he's the one who did 9/11 stop fooling yourselves America

  • Fusspilzsammler aus Leidenschaft

    Why is Jon Stewart necessary to make congress function?

  • Johnny Smith
    Johnny Smith 14 hours ago

    Fuck you Congress - there's a special place in Hell for the likes of you!

  • John Muller
    John Muller 15 hours ago

    Wow. That belongs with "Finally Senator, have you no shame."

  • Flame
    Flame 15 hours ago

    Watch the end of the PBS version. The video cut short but he got a standing ovation

  • Peter pan
    Peter pan 15 hours ago +1

    This man should be president.... Wow... This is a speech that will remain with me... I truly hope this bill passes and a block buster movies made... Mr. Stewart you are a dead set legend.

  • Clone 42399
    Clone 42399 16 hours ago

    I don’t normally agree with CNN, but this was shameful for a congress. These people are living heroes, and are treated like they don’t matter. This pisses me off

  • Aditya G.
    Aditya G. 16 hours ago

    You know u fucked up if John Stewart is getting emotional and calls you out. Fuck you Congress, you're a fucking joke.

  • David V
    David V 16 hours ago

    I was living across from,mpls st Paul airport on 9/11 . Damn u bush Damn u !!!!!! U had a chance to tell people we all bleed red !! And seek,the Saudis but no ? Trump I hope u get impeached !!!! Amy klobpusaur klobousaur is right . I hope how Biden u better join us I mean the fuckin earth .

  • Dave EN
    Dave EN 16 hours ago

    Why should the U.S. Congress be interested individual human citizens when their Corporate Constituents PAY to get the keys to the country.

  • David V
    David V 16 hours ago

    He's right

  • Jonathan Zacho Bruun
    Jonathan Zacho Bruun 16 hours ago

    Hey Americans. Just a thought. Why not elect this guy for president?

  • Kali
    Kali 16 hours ago +1

    Trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the rich? Sure, we can afford that!!
    Continued assistance and funding for the health care and other necessities of the 9/11 First Responders (who are still alive today) and their families? Nope, 5 years was enough, and we don't think we can afford that anymore!!
    *_Until Congress was publicly shamed for not doing the right thing._*
    *_Screw you, Congress_* for actually _needing_ to be publicly shamed into finally doing the right thing. _Shame on you_ for deeming it affordable to give trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the people and corporations lining your pockets, while trying to deem it too expensive to continue bearing the costs of assisting these brave people and their families for longer than the initial 5 year period. A time period for which they had to fight you for tooth and nail, which should not have had to be fought for to begin with, let alone _twice_ Your assistance should have been granted with the same sense of duty and grace with which these people put their lives, safety, well-being, and livelihoods on the line when _their_ assistance was so desperately needed.

  • Alexander Martinez
    Alexander Martinez 16 hours ago +1

    The sad thing is that they dont care. Even with all of that the only reason they'd follow up is to maintain face.

  • Quaker274
    Quaker274 17 hours ago

    Merica Land of the free home of the brave `?

  • wjfjr73
    wjfjr73 17 hours ago +1

    2 million homeless Americans 65000 homeless veterans Nationwide and 22 suicides veterans every day... so I know they don't care about a couple damn fireman

  • wjfjr73
    wjfjr73 17 hours ago

    The United States government does not care about its own citizens.....

  • Charles Smothers
    Charles Smothers 17 hours ago +1


    • Blank Blanckersen
      Blank Blanckersen 14 hours ago

      And continued exploitation and interference via imperialism, can't forget that.

  • Eric the Red
    Eric the Red 18 hours ago +1

    I've found myself returning to this video every day since it's posting. I remember Jon speaking about this issue a few years ago, and of course I believed it was the right thing to do. But I then I moved on thinking this would be resolved, as I bet most of us did. Like Jon, we probably thought this should be a unanimous decision. As this was assistance for 9/11 first responders, you would believe no one would be against it, not that no one would show up to hear their pleas. By now it should be no surprise that Congress is willing to use people's suffering as leverage to get something else passed, and they are willing to take as long as necessary to get what they want. Even if it means waiting until their party has an advantage in the House or Senate. And why would they care? They're making their money one way or another. Its one of the few jobs out there where you can still be paid regardless of whether you work or not. Outside of a government shutdown (which should never fucking happen), you are watching another example of our government failing it's citizens. For this reason I keep coming back to this video; it feels good to listen to Jon shame them. It shouldn't even be this way, but unfortunately it is.

  • kens 616
    kens 616 18 hours ago +1

    I find it very sickening because of the Socialist Democrats that now the COST THIS YEAR ALONE FOR ILLEGALS IS OVER 122 BILLION and rising. Just the cost today is around 700 million PER DAY. Look it up on One America News clock of illegals costing us. Anybody that votes for Democrats and wants to waste more money on illegals should be impeached and thrown out of office. With this money that could be going to these firefighters, veterans, schools and the homeless, and yet it’s wasted on people that are not even supposed to be in this country. That is very repulsive to me and anti-American. Enough is enough.

    • Blank Blanckersen
      Blank Blanckersen 14 hours ago

      Let's compromise, and pull money out of the money and tax cuts, and support them both? How about that?

  • Trump's Brick Layer
    Trump's Brick Layer 18 hours ago

    When you live in the cancer of NY what do you expect

  • Alex Barnes
    Alex Barnes 18 hours ago

    This is a pretty atrocious title, CNN.

  • just chillax my guy
    just chillax my guy 19 hours ago

    Mike fucking drop

  • Art Martinez
    Art Martinez 19 hours ago +1

    If it’s not for a political gain then why even help? That’s the mentality of feel America today is based on empty promises for the people that are first in line willing to sacrifice theirs life’s for the very same country’s congress that turns their back in them.