Rand Paul aide calls Jon Stewart a 'disheveled charlatan'

An aide to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWatchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans MORE (R-Ky.) called Jon Stewart a "disheveled charlatan" amid a feud between the lawmaker and the comedian on a recently passed bill to renew the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. 

Paul's deputy chief of staff Sergio Gor hurled the insult at Stewart, pushing back on the former "Daily Show" host's assertion that he sought to meet with the senator's office about the bill.

"Jon Stewart never reached out to me or our office. He is a liar and a demagogue who has revealed himself as nothing more than a disheveled charlatan," Gor said in a Wednesday statement to The Hill.


According to Paul's office, Stewart met with the lawmaker's staff several years ago. The office also recently met with the FealGood Foundation, a 9/11 responders organization with which Stewart has been associated. 

John Feal, the organization's founder and president, confirmed that his group met with Paul's staff. 

"All of that now doesn't matter because we just got a bill passed 97-2," he said. 

Feal later told The Hill that he reached out to Stewart for a comment on the aide's remarks. Stewart, in response, said: "OK, Randy."

Gor's comments follow Stewart's recent assertion that "we've tried to get into that office many, many times to have those conversations with those staffers, and haven't been able to."

Stewart also called Paul a "scalawag and a ragamuffin" after Paul called him a "guttersnipe."

The Senate voted Tuesday to extend funding for the compensation fund through fiscal 2090. Paul and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Overnight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure MORE (R-Utah) were the only senators to vote against it. 

It had previously passed in the House. Stewart has advocated for the bill's passage and was present for the vote.

— Updated 1:29 p.m.