The Mehdi Hasan show on Peacock is quickly becoming a staple.
Just days after completely embarrassing John Bolton for his complicity in the Iraq war, Hasan welcomed comedian Jon Stewart and John Feal, a Ground Zero demolition supervisor who was injured in the 9/11 attacks, in the program to discuss their tireless work to obtain benefits. for September 11 first responders.
Now, the duo are begging Congress to try and secure health benefits for veterans who suffered complications after being exposed to burns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Asked how he made it to Congress, Feal said he had “nothing to lose … and could outlive their careers.”
“I have been in this field for 16 years. I’ve had over 1,800 meetings, over 300 trips to Washington, I know every square inch of Capitol Hill. I know when they go to the bathroom, when they go to lunch, ”he continued. “I put myself in their head and I make their life miserable. We’re talking about men and women who have done extraordinary things to protect us 24/7. ”
Then Hasan asked Stewart about Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, who both voted against the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund bill, citing its cost.
“I think one of the problems with the Republican Party, unfortunately, is that nothing is real until it happens to them. It’s an inability to empathize or understand that other people may be suffering from issues that you don’t have, ”said Stewart, adding,“ Certainly, Mike Lee was one of the most difficult senators. that John and I had to contend with there – along with Mitch McConnell and, quite frankly, much of the Republican leadership.
Hasan pressed Stewart on how the GOP’s attitude towards veteran benefits matches their self-image as an Army party.
“They are the party of symbolism. It’s paper patriotism. It’s the party that if Colin Kaepernick takes a knee, they’ll never watch another football game again. They represent the hymn, but when it goes down, [it’s] everyone supports the troops until the troops need support, then they disappear.
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