It seems the only way to seize the spotlight is to channel a certain loud-mouthed GOP front-runner.
Jon Stewart crashed “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert’s monologue Thursday night to make one last pitch for Congress to reauthorize the recently expired Zadroga Act — only to be told that if he wanted anyone to take heed, he’d need to “Trump it up a little bit.”
JON STEWART POINTS OUT CONGRESS’ ‘STUPID AND EMBARRASSING’ FAILURE, JOINS LAST PUSH TO RENEW ZADROGA ACT THIS YEAR
“You want people to pay attention, right?” Colbert heckled the former “Daily Show” host. “Face it, Jon: The media won’t pay attention to anything at all unless you are Donald Trump.”
“Pass the Zadroga Act or I will glue Congress together, dip them in gold, and wear them around my friggin’ neck,” said Jon Stewart in his best Donald Trump impression.
And so Stewart, a longtime champion of the vital health care bill for 9/11 first responders, donned a golden wig, gamely allowed Colbert to smear orange Cheetos dust on his face, and obliged his old pal’s call to “bring da noise, bring da Trump.”
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“These 9/11 first responders are the most top-notch, first-class, diamond-encrusted heroes America can produce,” blustered Stewart, swaggering and gesturing wildly in his best estimation of the bombastic billionaire.
“Don’t let Congress play politics with this necessary bill,” he continued. “If I am elected — and I will be elected — I will build a wall around politics and I will make politics pay for it.”
“Pass the Zadroga Act or I will glue Congress together, dip them in gold, and wear them around my friggin’ neck.”
Amid spewing Trump buzzwords like “classy” and “fantastic,” he also urged viewers to tweet at their congressmen with the hashtag #WorstResponders, a campaign he initiated during a similar pitch on Monday’s “Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”
Stewart gamely allowed “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert to smear orange Cheetos dust on his face.
“People heard that,” Colbert told Stewart. “I hope Congress did too.”
NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL ASKS FOR RENEWAL OF ZADROGA ACT
The Zadroga Act, which expired after Sept. 30, will run out of funding early next year. The House of Representatives plans to reauthorize the much-needed legislation in a comprehensive spending bill up for a vote next week, House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of his conference Thursday morning.
Stewart speaks during a press conference with 9/11 responders in an effort to lobby for the Zadroga Act’s reauthorization.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office also recently promised that the bill will be included in a must-pass omnibus spending bill, but Democrats remain wary that other factors could pose an obstacle.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Thursday his confidence regarding the negotiations was “high but not certain.”
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