“Pro-life” Jeb Bush would kill Baby Hitler

It’s really a stupid question to ask, and the answer (one way or another) won’t have any real bearing on the outcome of the presidential election or on public policy.

But hearing Jeb Bush say that, if given the opportunity to do so, he’d go back in time to kill “baby Hitler” caught me completely off guard.

When asked whether he’d commit infanticide against the being that would eventually grow up to become one of the most deplorable leaders this world has ever seen, Jeb seized his opportunity: “Hell yeah I would!” he happily exclaimed.

The question didn’t come out of nowhere. The hypothetical broke the Internet a few weeks ago when The New York Times Magazine posed it to their readers, and to Twitter:

But while Jeb Bush’s enthusiastic “Hell yeah!” for killing Baby Hitler puts him in line with a solid plurality of Americans, the view feels quite a bit different coming from him. After all, Jeb Bush describes himself as pro-life — like, really pro-life. His willingness to go back in time and kill a baby lays bare just how empty and hypocritical his self-description is.

If that seems like a far-fetched idea, hear me out on this: Jeb is talking about killing a baby knowing full-well and with 20/20 hindsight what he’d grow up to become. But he didn’t talk about saving the baby from eventually living in poverty, nor from being around negative or anti-Semitic sentiments. He made it blatantly clear that Hitler was bad from the beginning – and that his death, even as a baby, would be justified.

Although I imagine we’d have gotten a slightly different answer had the question been whether Bush would have allowed for or even forced “Mother Hitler” to have an abortion. Considering his base’s feelings about that medical procedure (more than four in ten Republicans, for example, would rather defund Planned Parenthood, which doesn’t use federal funds for abortive procedures anyway, than avoid a government shutdown), I doubt Bush would even contemplate such a hypothetical, let alone endorse it.

But neither should Jeb’s base be so thrilled about the killing of an innocent child, if we’re going to abide by Christian teachings.

Far be it from me to defend the life of Adolph Hitler – his actions were indefensible, and his death during his adulthood (following his ascension to power and unbelievable acts of horror) surely would have been justified. As a child, however, Hitler hadn’t yet committed any of these heinous acts; and had he been born in a different household, raised in a different community or educated in a different manner, it’s likely that he wouldn’t have become the despot he grew up to be.

Jeb doesn’t take any of this into consideration. He just says he’d kill baby Hitler, plain and simple.

This is exactly the kind of mindset that some in the pro-life movement have: they will defend the “life” of the embryo and zygote, going so far as to commit acts of violence to achieve their ends; but when it comes to the life of the child after the pregnancy comes to term, they really could care less, and their actions highlight it. They actively work to defund programs aimed toward those in dire need to help raise their children through social programs like Medicaid, SCHIP, food stamps or even subsidized daycare.

Pro-lifers even defend the death penalty, the very definition of an anti-life law, even when evidence suggests they may be executing the wrong person.

Jeb’s answer on the “Baby Hitler” question appeals to his base because it makes him out to be a hero, as someone who would use whatever means necessary to produce a better end. But it also brings to light a conservative view of humanity: that nature, not nurture, produces bad results. It explains why the right errantly believes that the poor deserve their lot in life, and why they don’t deserve help from others (“they’re poor, which is bad, which makes them bad people”). And it puts into clear perspective what the pro-life movement’s views truly are – they don’t really value life at all.


Chris Walker has been a political writer for more than ten years, contributing freelance opinion pieces to several online publications as well as managing his own blog, Political Heat, for more than six years. With a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, Chris tries to bring a unique angle to every article he produces, including Millennial perspectives on the issues he's covering. Chris resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and proudly owns both a cheesehead and stock in the Green Bay Packers.

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  • Indigo

    His opinions are bizarre. I don’the care to dignify them with more comment than that.

  • nicho

    The Bushes make the Palins look like model citizens

  • Doug105

    Family photo.

  • 2karmanot

    Christmas is to be canceled this year because according to the recently discovered Gospel of the Three Magi at Dag Hammadi , the baby Jeebus was still-born.

  • goulo

    Lots of good interesting science fiction time travel / alternative history deals with this sort of thing. E.g. Michael Moorcock’s Behold The Man is an award winning novel well worth checking out about a time-traveller who goes back to meet Jesus (and is surprised by what he finds).

  • nicho

    Drown Sykes and Picot. They’re really the cause of all the problems. Middle East was getting along pretty well until they knocked over the apple cart.

  • nicho

    If Jeb’s daughter were to be impregnated by a rapist, you know she would be on a private jet to Switzerland ASAP, and would be relieved of the embryo as quickly and quietly as possible.

    Bonus question: How many of Jeb’s kids have been arrested? Yep, all of them. And his wife was fined for smuggling jewelry and other goods into the US.

    America’s First Family — sure. Almost makes Grandpa’s trading with the enemy seem benign.

  • That’s because guys like Jeb Bush and his ilk are not and never have been Pro-Life.

    They’re against contraception, which means women are not to be allowed to prevent fertilization, even if a pregnancy is inadvisable. They’re against abortion rights even when a woman has been raped, which means they’re cool with the notion of forced pregnancies. Some of them now seem to have this bizarre notion that nothing ever goes wrong with a pregnancy such that a woman’s life might be endangered, and if anything does go wrong, such as a miscarriage, the woman is to be investigated for possible felony charges.

    The best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy — whether that pregnancy was voluntary or not — is for women to have full access to pre-, peri-, and post-natal health care — but assholes like Jeb Bush are entirely opposed to such a notion. But if the woman can’t afford health care and as a consequence has complications due to the pregnancy…well, see the previous paragraph about being charged with a crime.

    And in case anybody at this point still thinks this has anything to do with babies or children, let’s all remember these guys also oppose guaranteed access to health care for the resulting kids. On top of all this, Jebbie and the rest are totally on-board with the death penalty.

    So really the only thing left is the forced pregnancy part.

    I doubt Jeb’s “Let’s kill Hitler!” pandering is going to mean anything in the long run. None of ’em seem to realize the name ‘Bush’ is still, for most Americans, a name associated with incompetence, disaster, and war crimes.

  • Butch1

    That’s sounds familiar. He and Cheney are “two peas in a pod.” Mr. five deferments, himself.

  • mf_roe

    Yelling while someone else did the fighting.

  • Butch1

    Ha!

  • Butch1

    Exactly so. Even Dubya could do a few cheers. ;-

  • mf_roe

    Hell, he wasn’t even a cheerleader.

  • Butch1

    Amazing how they have to make these crazy scenarios up to grab attention. He was absent during the Vietnam Conflict, though he may have been too young, but he was strangely silent during these times when he could have shown his spine and cojones by joining one of the branches of the service when he became old enough. He didn’t because he might have had to go somewhere and prove that he had a spine.

    But, now he can prove that he’s strong and big enough to kill a baby, if it were “Hitler” in a fake story which will never happen of course. The man is so brave. I continue to conjure up visions of the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” when he trying to build up his courage. This pathetic person is nothing but a loser and continues to prove it every time he opens his pie-hole. How long is it going to take before he is sent to the “kiddie-table” where Chris Christie is sitting with the rest of the “not ready for prime time?” Will he save face and drop out before then?

  • newsriffs

    If he killed baby Hitler, there would be no Second World War. George H.W. Bush, wouldn’t have been a pilot and wouldn’t have met Barbara Bush, where he was stationed. If his parents would never have met, Jeb wouldn’t have been born and…Hitler would get to live.

    Now, if he could only go back in time to kill his brother, we might still be the great nation we were, the Middle East wouldn’t be in flames and the world would be a much better place.

  • mf_roe

    Drown Moses, solve the Middle East blood feud.

  • 2karmanot

    Yet another dimwit Bush on the mysteries of life.

  • mf_roe

    Jewish Warriors make christian soldiers look like pussies. Bash them baby skulls we have virgins to rape!

  • mf_roe

    The Fascist World Cabal that Prescott served extended well beyond the Third Reich, the US branch did just fine as well.

  • nicho

    What if someone had gone back in time and killed the baby Jesus. Wars and persecutions by and for Christians have killed more people that Hitler ever imagined.

  • The_Fixer

    What can one expect from a prominent member of the Christian cult of death? It’s a very biblical attitude – kill rather than fix. They killed babies in the belief that they came from a “bad seed.”

    Further proof that the whole bible fairy tales came from low-knowledge humans who knew little about life, child development and the world around them.

    Jeb! and the rest of the “Christian Soldiers” (funny how they bring it back to militarism) would be perfectly happy if humanity never progressed beyond the dark ages. Their bloodlust is exposed once again.

  • nicho

    It’s fun to imagine what would have happened to the Bush Crime Family if Prescott hadn’t been a traitor and made all that money from the Third Reich.

  • nicho

    Wouldn’t have made any difference. The cabal that used GWB as a front man would just have found another useful idiot to wreak their violence.

  • Doug105

    That would take care of two problems, by leaving his grandpapa poorer.

  • confusion

    Would Jeb whack baby GWB? the second worst world leader in history?

  • mf_roe

    Boy, that would sure piss off Grandpa Prescott.

  • Don Chandler

    If you take a petri dish and introduce food, water, and a small colony of micro-organisms, the colony will grow until food and water diminish and then the colony diminishes. You can take any one micro-organism out of the petri dish, you get the same result. The same is true for the human race, you can take jeb out, and the outcome will be the same. He’s irrelevant. As for Hitler, maybe he was just a nasty name for a nastier process.

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