When asked if he would go back in time and “kill baby Hitler” given the opportunity, GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said, “Hell yeah, I would!”
Bush was asked the question during an interview with the Huffington Post, in which he addressed emails sent from voters to the account firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked about the “funniest or most bizarre email” he received, Bush chuckled and said, “I’ve got to figure out which ones are not x-rated. That’s the only problem.”
An individual in the background suggested one message, referring to it as “Baby Hitler.”
“Baby Hitler,” Bush said. “It said, ‘If you could go back in time and kill baby Hitler, would you? I need to know.'”
For his response, Bush said, “Hell yeah, I would!”
“Even if he was really cute?” the figure in background asked.
“You gotta step up, man,” Bush insisted. “That would be key.”
Bush noted a problem with the scenario, and explained that he could run into a situation like one in the film “Back to the Future” where the plan to kill Hitler as a baby “could have a dangerous effect on everything else.”
“I’d do it – I mean [it’s] Hitler,” Bush concluded.
The question was in reference to a poll conducted by the New York Times Magazine.
According to the results posted on Twitter on Oct. 23, when asked if they would “Kill a Baby Hitler,” 42 percent of said “Yes,” 30 percent said “No” and 28 percent said “Not sure.”
— NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) October 23, 2015
The same question was posed on Oct. 1 during a sketch on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In it, Colbert asked guest Tom Hanks what he would do with a time machine.
“What would anyone do with a time machine?” Hanks replied. “Go back in time and hold myself as a baby.”
“And kill Hitler, right?” Colbert added.
“Oh, and kill Hitler. Yeah, sure,” Hanks said.
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