Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked right past Jon Stewart and didn’t say a word in a moment that was captured in an instant classic photo.
Here is the pic that was originally snapped by a photographer for Roll Call:
.@McConnellPress walks past Jon Stewart at the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol. The Senate will be voting later today on HR 1327: Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. pic.twitter.com/bZ0FaOhTSl
— Bill Clark (@billclarkphotos) July 23, 2019
The look on Jon Stewart’s face is priceless as McConnell pretends not to see him in the virtually empty hallway.
Jon Stewart has been ripping Mitch McConnell to shreds for holding compensation for 9/11 victims hostage.
As Stewart said on Fox News, “In terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale in this since 2010, and this brings up something because I think it’s the cynicism of Washington that also causes this situation to be so emotional. They asked Mitch McConnell about the testimony after it was done. He said oh, gosh, I think he used the word gosh. Gosh, we haven’t looked at that in a while, but we will look at it, and I’m sure we’ll deal with it as compassionately as we have in the past, but I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell. He has always held out until the very last minute, and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deign to move on.
The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, and so far McConnell has not been able to extract any ransom in exchange for providing aid to 9/11 victims.
Jon Stewart has been fighting for more than a decade for 9/11 first responders and victims, and judging from the photo, Mitch McConnell is behaving like a beaten man.
For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association