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'The Daily Show' receives backlash over tweet about Supreme Court abortion ruling

After Monday’s Supreme Court ruling invalidating a Texas law the court found to be overly restrictive of abortion clinics, Twitter was divided. However, individuals on either side of the aisle came together in the aftermath for a single purpose: to decry a tweet from “The Daily Show.”

After the Supreme Court’s ruling, “The Daily Show” official account tweeted, “Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!”

Social media was collectively unamused by the tweet.

https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/747509308812820480

Meghan McCain, political contributor and columnist, as well as daughter of GOP Sen. John McCain, responded to the tweet, saying, “This tweet is so vile.”

https://twitter.com/MeghanMcCain/status/747515530416893953

Journalist and creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” David Simon, shared a similar viewpoint, tweeting, “I’m all for offending someone for the sake of real humor. This? It’s like the O’Douls of bad taste.”

https://twitter.com/AoDespair/status/747546056435597312

Other Twitter users went a step further and provided helpful suggestions to improve “The Daily Show” in the future:

https://twitter.com/jenniferdaniel/status/747541990938710016
https://twitter.com/markgongloff/status/747519394016788480
https://twitter.com/mostlybree/status/747570659518099456

Around an hour later, “The Daily Show” Twitter account sought to clarify its joke with a follow-up tweet about celebrating the Supreme Court’s reaffirmation of right to choice. 

https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/747529953575600130

How did Twitter respond?

https://twitter.com/dmartosko/status/747542007816552449

At least Justin Timberlake understands “The Daily Show’s” pain. 

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