WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Jon Stewart continues to push Congress to renew the Zadroga Act that provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The former “Daily Show” host crashed Stephen Colbert’s monologue on “The Late Show” Thursday.
Stewart – who received a standing ovation from the audience – began talking about the law before Colbert told him that he needed to “Trump it up a little bit.”
“The media won’t pay attention to anything at all unless you are Donald Trump,” Colbert said.
Colbert put a Trump-like hair piece on Stewart but that wasn’t enough. He then used Cheetos “makeup” on Stewart to get that orangey glow.
And that’s when Stewart’s inner Trump was able to come out.
“These 9/11 first responders, let me tell you something, these 9/11 first responders are the most top-notch, first-class, diamond-encrusted heroes America can produce,” “Trump” said while flailing his arms. “Don’t let Congress play politics with this necessary bill. If I’m elected – and I will be elected – I will build a wall around politics and I will make politics pay for it.
“Tweet at your congressman with the hashtag ‘Worst Responders.’ Tell them Donald said pull up your big boy pants and make America great again. Pass the Zadroga Act or I will glue Congress together, dip them in gold, and wear them around my freaking neck.”
The Zadroga Act expired last month but has enough funding to last another year.
Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly.
Stewart also appeared on “The Daily Show” earlier this week to get the public behind him in getting Congress to renew the law.