Jon Stewart has been mercilessly making fun of Sen. Ted Cruz over the senator’s newfound opposition to the measure that he voted for in June in an effort to pass the PACT Act, legislation that would provide healthcare for veterans exposed to chemicals that are frequently found in burn pits.
In a video he released on Friday, Stewart referred to Cruz’s arguments against the measure as “bullshit,” being false and untrue. Stewart and the party refute Cruz’s accusation that Democrats are playing a budgetary ruse. On Sunday’s episode of Meet the Press, Stewart proceeded to attack Cruz for his weak justifications for changing his mind regarding the measure.
Regarding Cruz’s reasons for withdrawing his support, Stewart said to host Chuck Todd that he didn’t say anything. He is unable to identify any distinct changes. They all only understood this blather about a fiscal trick, but nothing was altered. This is not my viewpoint. Congress.gov hosts it. The legislation they voted in favor of on June 14 has the same content.
A video of Cruz being interviewed in an airport was then shown on Meet the Press. Cruz claimed that the Democrats pulled a budgetary ruse by turning $400 billion in discretionary spending into required spending. They did it because they want to spend an additional $400 billion in discretionary funds on totally unrelated issues, which is just another example of the left’s out-of-control spending.
Watch as GOP senators who had previously supported the measure opposed it. Despite the fact that the law remained unchanged, Sen. Cruz cited a budgetary fallacy. @jonstewart: “He’s basically pouring a word salad into his coffee cup. We all have to deal with reality at some point.” pic.twitter.com/1bPSfYmSrG
Meet the Press July 31, 2022 (@MeetThePress)
Todd said to Stewart, “The assertion about unconnected topics is just not true. Let me get your response first.” Even after creating a larger pool, this money could only be used for veterans. But yet, proceed.
Stewart claimed that was accurate. Veterans are demonstrating in Washington, D.C., in the blazing heat, demanding that lawmakers enact the legislation they have been battling for for 15 years. He is spewing word salad into his coffee cup as he drives to who knows where.
Burn pit victims’ veterans have AA7 in opposition. The plan would allocate billions of dollars over the following ten years for spending and would cover veterans with 23 cancers and respiratory ailments connected to smoke from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to radiation and Agent Orange during past conflicts.
Stewart responded to Cruz’s justifications by saying, “Look, anybody can say anything.” Elvis Presley may still be alive, but at some time, reality must set in, and what he is saying is simply untrue. The financing provisions in the bill on which Ted Cruz voted yes were identical to those in the bill on which he voted nay. The bill is exactly the same. Nothing about this makes sense.
When asked if he believed that Republicans’ unexpected resistance was connected to Democrats’ recent success in getting Sen. Joe Manchin to publicly support legislation combatting climate change, Stewart answered, “Honestly, I don’t know.” Not me up there. I can only observe it from outside, therefore I have no idea why they did that. But I am aware of one thing: none of the explanations they have provided up to this point have made sense and have been disjointed and inconsistent.