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Friday April 15, 2011 12:52 pm

Stephen Colbert Starts Twitter War With Senator John Kyl

Stephen Colbert has challenged his nation, and once again Comedy Central viewers have answered… on Twitter.

On his Colbert Report, the host called attention to an argument made by Senate Minority Whip John Kyl (R-Ariz) in which Kyl claimed that 90% of Planned Parenthood’s business is in abortions. Actually, the number is much closer to 3%. By way of correcting the mistake, Kyl’s office released a statement explaining that the Senator’s comment was “not intended to be a factual statement.”

Steven Colbert fell in love with the phrase. He quickly came up with several wildly inaccurate claims about Senator Kyl, breezily explaining them away with his new disclaimer.

#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement exploded onto Twitter shortly thereafter, spawning thousands of hilariously untrue “facts” regarding Kyl, the GOP and everything else that fits into 140 characters. Watch the video above to see the segment.

Our favorite #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement tweets? “John Kyl gets 90% of his abortions at Walmart,” “Well over 90% of J. Crew ads are used to turn children gay,” “Donald Trump’s investigative squad found surprising evidence about Obama’s ‘birth in Hawaii’” and “For the past ten years, John Kyl has been two children in a very convincing John Kyl suit.”

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