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Rand Paul accuses Jon Stewart of being 'part of left-wing mob' after criticism over 9/11 victim fund

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE (R-Ky.) accused Jon Stewart of being a member of the "left-wing mob" Thursday after the comedian and activist called Paul's move to block legislation to to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund an "abomination."

“I know Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, sometimes informed. In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed," Paul said on Fox News while speaking with host Neil Cavuto.

Paul argued that he's spent his entire Senate career putting forward "pay-fors anytime spending is expanded," including for disaster relief funding. 

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"[Stewart is] really not informed," Paul added, before asserting that his "his name-calling" exposed him as a member of the "left-wing mob" who "really isn’t using his brain."

"It's really kind of disgusting," Paul continued. "He pretended for years when he was on his comedy show to be somebody who could see both sides and see through the B.S. Now he is the B.S. The B.S. meter is through the roof when you see him calling people names and calling people an abomination, when I'm asking for something reasonable." 

Paul on Wednesday sparked widespread outrage from Democrats after he objected to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE's (D-N.Y.) attempt to get the upper chamber to approve a House-passed bill that would reauthorize the victim compensation fund through fiscal 2090. 

Gillibrand tried to gain the upper chamber's approval by requesting unanimous consent, a procedural move that allows a bill to skip numerous steps if it's passed unanimously. 

But Paul, citing the United States's growing debt, objected, arguing that any new spending needed to be "offset by cutting spending that's less valuable." Paul added that he would offer an amendment to the House bill if it is brought up for a vote in the Senate. 
 
Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders, said he was unimpressed by the Kentucky senator's "fiscal responsibility virtue signaling." He also called it "outrageous" for Paul to argue for balancing the budget when he voted for President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's tax cuts. 
 
Paul dismissed the charge, saying that he had wanted a "pay-go provision" balancing spending with revenue but that his Senate colleagues voted against it. He later accused Stewart and Gillibrand of "telling a lie," adding that he's always insisted on spending cuts. 
 
Current compensation for 9/11 first responders will likely run out this year without new legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) said after a meeting with 9/11 first responders that it was his plan to bring the bill up before the recess.