Jon Stewart flew off the handle Monday while urging U.S. Senators to approve a health care bill for soldiers.
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Jon Stewart and Jack Posobiec seemed to almost come to blows while arguing in Washington, D.C. The so-called PACT Act would increase health care and other services for soldiers exposed to toxic materials while serving.
The incident occurred during a gathering of veterans in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Various clips of the heated exchange later surfaced online. The Military Times, an independent organization that reports news for service members, posted what seemed to be the lengthiest video of the exchange.
The video shows Posobiec, a provocateur who helped propagate the infamous Pizzagate conspiracy theory, following around Stewart while recording video. Stewart turns to him and and yells, “You’re a troll! You’re not in good faith!”
U.S. Capitol Police arrived at the fight, at which point Posobiec walked away to proponents of the PACT chanting, “Shame! Shame!”
The video captures Jon Stewart later saying, “He comes by and tries to spread misinformation and get something for his brand. And I don’t want to put up with it. That’s why I screamed at him. That’s what I think he deserves.”
Jon Stewart And Jack Posobiec Make Peace … We Think …
Nonetheless, Stewart and Posobiec later appeared to make amends.
“Jon Stewart and I have decided to come to an agreement,” Posobiec says in a video he tweeted at 12:28 p.m. “Have we not?”
Stewart replies: “Yes, sir. I lost my temper a little bit [Posobiec laughs]. I felt like I was being trolled. And I realize that the important thing is we just gotta … get [military vets] over the finish line to get the health care they need.”
The full name of the legislation is the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021. It is intended to expands healthcare coverage for military vets who were exposed to toxins and burn pits during their service.
The U.S. Senate passed the PACT Act by a vote of 84 to 14 on June 16. However, 25 Republicans later changed their votes, citing a technical error in the bill, and thus stalling it.
That development drew the ire of veterans’ groups and Stewart who are strongly advocating for the bill to rally in front of the U.S. Capitol Building this week. Last week, Stewart delivered profanity-laced tirades expressing his anger with the delay of the PACT Act.
“Ain’t this a bitch,” he said Wednesday, with veterans standing around him. “America’s heroes, who fought in our wars, sweating their asses off, with oxygen, battling all kinds of ailments. … If this is ‘America First,’ then America is f—ed.”