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

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci Writer: Fauci, Paul clash shouldn't distract from probe into COVID-19 origins S.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' 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 GillibrandEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power Senators hail 'historic changes' as competing proposals to tackle military sexual assault advance Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden 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 TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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 McConnellGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines 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.