If you were unfortunate enough to log into Twitter today, you might have noticed that the phrase “baby Hitler” was trending. Unfortunately, it was not about a baby with a Hitler mustache, but about Ben Shapiro going on an erratic rant at a pro-life rally. The conservative radio host and author who’s basically baby Rush Limbaugh was invited to speak at the March for Life in Washington D.C. today, and somehow the subject of baby Hitler came up.
Speaking at a #MarchForLife event in Washington, DC, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro sparked controversy by suggesting that "no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler.” Shapiro claims that his words were taken out of context. https://t.co/X17lmomuu5— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) January 18, 2019
“The argument, I guess here, is that would you kill baby Hitler?” Shapiro said. “And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler, because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler, adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby. What you presumably want to do with baby Hitler is take baby Hitler out of baby Hitler’s house and move baby Hitler into a better house where he would not grow up to be Hitler, right? That’s the idea.”
Was he involved in some kind of bet around the number of times he could say “baby Hitler” in the space of 60 seconds? We may never know.
The idea of traveling back in time and possibly killing baby Hitler is an age-old morality question typically discussed among philosophy majors who have had a little too much of the good stuff. But it also occasionally comes up during debates about abortion. Would you abort fetus Hitler even if you’re pro-life? Ben Shapiro wouldn’t.
Absurd and pointless hypotheticals aside, people are generally upset about the fact that Shapiro forced them to think about baby Hitler, and they’re making their displeasure known, mostly through jokes and pointing out Shapiro’s hypocrisy.
the way out of this ethical quandary is very simple: you just get a baby to shoot baby hitler— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) January 18, 2019
ben shapiro thinks baby hitler should be rehabilitated but guatemalan babies should be yeeted over the border wall w a cannon.— Hasan Piker (@hasanthehun) January 18, 2019
"...we would however, separate baby hitler from his family, if baby hitler had been born in central america."— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) January 18, 2019
Laughing imagining Ben Shapiro offering baby Hitler a friendly handshake and Baby Hitler just overpowering him and throwing him through a window— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) January 18, 2019
I would also not kill baby Hitler, fetus Hitler on the other hand is getting taken out with extreme prejudice https://t.co/5Ygy8Nwp6G— Will🦕Menaker (@willmenaker) January 18, 2019
“But doctor”, says Ben Shapiro, “I AM Baby Hitler.”— vampire hunter frosty (@RiotDoge) January 18, 2019
My Baby Hitler take is that the whole thought experiment encourages us to think of history in terms of Good People & Bad People rather than examining structural factors & repeating patterns of bad decisionmaking. Also I am fun at parties.— David Roberts (@drvox) January 18, 2019
“i think we shouldn’t kill baby hitler, but a syrian baby? well that baby needs to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get the hell out of my country we can’t risk it.”— Hasan Piker (@hasanthehun) January 18, 2019
Really did not expect to do the “should we kill baby hitler” discourse AGAIN on this website, do we have to tattoo “we already talked about baby Hitler” on all our bodies like the guy from Memento— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) January 18, 2019
But would you kill Baby Hitler if he had a powered exoskeleton that gave him the strength of a full-size Hitler?— official pixelated boat facebook account (@pixelatedboat) January 18, 2019
Good call not aborting baby Hitler. u know who else killed Hitler? Thats rite, Hitler https://t.co/cVTwVxby5M— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) January 18, 2019
It's worth comparing the way Ben Shapiro chortled over the killing of Trayvon Martin with his solicitude for Baby Hitler (or the, as we call him in my house, the fetal Führer). https://t.co/scHASvNxzN— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 18, 2019
Get in Twitter, we’re killing baby Hitler. pic.twitter.com/xAsKMRp81P— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) January 18, 2019
"Baby Hitler was a baby." - @benshapiro, intellectual.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 18, 2019
Why is it "kill baby Hitler" rather than "make Hitler's mom fall in love with YOU" or "kidnap Hitler's grandpa and strand him in Nepal just before he meets Hitler's grandma"? People lacking in imagination should not have time machines.— Will Wilkinson 🌐 (@willwilkinson) January 18, 2019
If you’re truly pro-life you would never use your time machine to kill baby Hitler - and you can’t kill young man Hitler either. You have to use your time machine to buy all of young man Hitler’s paintings so he’ll stay an artist and never try politics. Logic matters.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 18, 2019
I need this Hitler pro-life argument in diagram form. So far I’ve got: Would not kill baby Hitler (would force adopt him); but would kill adult Hitler due to God given gun rights. Not sure what scenario is for teen or elderly Hitlers. #MarchForLife https://t.co/Omagu37SLe— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) January 18, 2019
Sees Baby Hitler trending pic.twitter.com/Dy7siWdRtF— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 18, 2019
I’m pretty sure I could take baby hitler. most babies, actually— KT Nelson (@KrangTNelson) January 18, 2019
federation guidelines time travel kill baby hitler— Riker Googling (@RikerGoogling) January 18, 2019
ben shapiro tenderly nursing a baby hitler from his swollen honkers— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) January 18, 2019
would you separate baby hitler from his parents and then lose track of the spreadsheet— Women For Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) January 18, 2019
Baby Hitler, Baby Bin Laden, and Baby Trump walk into a bar— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) January 18, 2019
Ben wouldn't need to kill him. He would debate baby Hitler and break him on the wheel of logic.— Wild Geerters (@classiclib3ral) January 18, 2019
If you have a decent time machine you don’t have to kill baby Hitler you can just go a little further back and kick dad Hitler in the nuts super hard— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) January 19, 2019
"How can we convince millennials that our conservative beliefs are cool?"— Thanks For Sharing Jerk (@Thx4SharingJerk) January 18, 2019
"I don't know, maybe stand up for Baby Hitler?"
WOULD YOU KILL BABY HITLER?!? pic.twitter.com/Km74ksWu57— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 18, 2019
tired: would you kill Baby Hitler?— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) January 18, 2019
wired: it would be much easier to kill Insufferable Teen Hitler
the reasons I'm pro-life ranked:— Wild Geerters (@classiclib3ral) January 18, 2019
3: protect the rights of the unborn
2: all life is sacred according to god
1: defend baby hitler from hypothetical time traveling assassins
waiting for dana loesch to say no one would have killed baby hitler if baby hitler had a gun— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) January 19, 2019
Baby Hitler was a baby and must be saved, until we realized he came in a caravan across the border wrapped in a prayer rug seeking asylum. Then, Baby Hitler had to go, because we cannot rebuild our Western Civilization with someone else's Baby Hitlers.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 18, 2019
Ben Shapiro literally said “You see...baby Hitler was a baby.” and the crowd cheered.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 18, 2019
This is all you need to know about The March For Life.
[returning in triumph from my mission to kill baby Hitler] "Who is Hitler? Why would you travel back to late-19th century Europe and not kill baby von Schleicher?"— The Discourse Lover (@Trillburne) January 19, 2019
The Baby hitler and baby Stalin fight club is the future conservatives want. https://t.co/UXvmKTs7b0— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 18, 2019
"Even sweet baby Hitler would understand why Trayvon Martin had to die" by Ben Shapiro— Federalist PitchBot (@FederalistPitch) January 18, 2019
me: I wonder how the March For Life is going?— Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) January 18, 2019
*logs on to Twitter*
Ben Shapiro, at March for Life: The truth is no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby.
*crowd in 1889 screaming because I appeared out of thin air and shot a baby* that was Baby Hitler...everyone calm down that was Baby Hitler— mr. constantly disrespected (@LOLY2K) January 18, 2019
whispering verses of the Quran into the ear of Baby Hitler— hussein kesvani (@HKesvani) January 18, 2019
You want to kill baby Hitler? Just bring him back to the present and ask for legal asylum when trying to cross into the US from Mexico. Border security will kidnap baby Hitler from you and he'll just die in their custody.— Jesus Christ (@SonOfGodAndMan) January 18, 2019
Alright, we’re all done. No more talking about baby Hitler for at least 10 years.