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The ‘Daily Show’ Tweet About SCOTUS’ Abortion Ruling Angered Both Sides

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Whether or not you’re a fan of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, it’s safe to say the South-African comedian’s turn as the host of Comedy Central’s flagship late night program is going okay. He and his batch of correspondents have proven this time and time again with segments about everything from the Orlando night club shooting to Donald Trump’s bid for the White House. Besides, the post-Jon Stewart iteration of the series isn’t even a year old, and building a following after a comedic force like that takes time. Though it’s probably going to take a lot more time after a jokey tweet about Monday’s abortion ruling by the Supreme Court.

The tweet in question, which remains online as of this writing, offers some snarky advice for how to celebrate the 5-3 decision to overturn a 2013 Texas law limiting women’s access to abortion. Specifically, it suggests the reader “go knock someone up in Texas”:

The tweet currently boasts over 180 retweets and 450 likes, though that number is expected to climb the longer The Daily Show‘s social media team decides to keep it up. So too will the number of provocative, sarcastic, and genuinely displeased responses from critics and fans alike.

Obvious detractors like Meghan McCain, a well known conservative commentator and the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), offered their two cents:

So did many Twitter users who identified themselves as pro-choice:

As always, the best and most trollerific bits were reserved for those who just wanted to light the internet on fire.

The Daily Show‘s Twitter account later explained they were “certainly not promoting abortions”:

Of all the things, as Business Insider’s Josh Barro pointed out, it took a tasteless joke about getting people pregnant to unite all sides of the abortion debate for one shining moment.

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