Mitch McConnell Says Reparations for Slavery Are Not a 'Good Idea'

Erika Holt
June 19, 2019

In emotional testimony to the House Judiciary Committee last week, Stewart urged McConnell to reauthorize the fund with stand-alone legislation instead of using it as leverage to extract Republican priorities by attaching it to a spending package or other must-pass legislation.

Stewart took to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to respond to McConnell, and it was a reminder of how much his presence is missed on a nightly basis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is against reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay.

After making headlines last week for his powerful, scathing testimony in front of the U.S. Congress on behalf of 9/11 survivors, the former "Daily Show" host appeared on Fox News to blast Republicans for not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. "You would think that would be enough to get Congress's attention, but apparently it's not".

Case in point: When he went on his The Late Show, hosted by his former co-worker Stephen Colbert, he chose to use it to call out Mitch McConnell for brushing off his hard work.

Colbert then asked him, "Would that be a turtle reference Jon?"

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"We've had waves of immigrants, as well, who have come to the country and experience traumatic discrimination of one kind or another, so no I don't think reparations are a good idea", McConnell said. "And they're now still suffering and dying and still in bad need". "I feel like an asshole", he said.

"Honestly, Mitch McConnell, you really want to go with the "we get to it when we get to it" argument for the heroes of 9/11?'" he told the Senate Majority Leader. "I didn't know that they were busy. If you're "busy" I get it".

The bill weaving its way through Congress would permanently reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund until 2090, which should account for all adult and child victims of the 2001 terror attacks.

But in the past, Stewart said that McConnell played "political football" with the issue. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a almost empty Congress".

"Listen, senator. I know that your species isn't known for moving quickly", he said. Stewart is advocating for a bill that would ensure funds until 2090.

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