Could you kill baby Hitler?

Twitter widely mocked the poll from the New York Times.

The New York Times raised some eyebrows recently with a Twitter poll on whether or not their readers would be willing to kill baby Hitler if they had the chance, and the results certainly weren’t overwhelmingly yes.

The idea of killing Hitler if time travel were possible has become a common trope, with the idea that doing so might have prevented the Holocaust and World War II. Of course, the New York Times’ question was met with plenty of scorn online.

A total of just 42 percent of readers said they’d be willing to do so, compared to 30 percent who said they wouldn’t and 28 percent who were on the fence.

Here are just a few responses from Twitter as compiled by Salon Magazine:

The Kid Mero ✔ @THEKIDMERO
I THOUGHT “BABY HITLER” WAS AN IPA
2:58 PM – 23 Oct 2015
69 69 Retweets 176 176 favorites

“If you could go back in time would you kill a baby–”
“Yes.”
“…Hitler.”
“Right yeah. I knew you were going to say that.”
3:08 PM – 23 Oct 2015
151 151 Retweets 333 333 favorites

Sam Biddle @samfbiddle
A Quandary for You: you go back in time to kill baby hitler, but now hitler is a BABY KITTEN, do you kill that kitten to prevent WWII
3:00 PM – 23 Oct 2015
10 10 Retweets 31 31 favorites

Adam Weinstein ✔ @AdamWeinstein
netflix and kill baby hitler
3:18 PM – 23 Oct 2015
45 45 Retweets 60 60 favorites

Pitt Optimist Spilly @IAmSpilly
yeah you kill baby hitler but for the rest of time there’s a weird story about how this dude appeared out of nowhere and dropkicked a baby
2:29 PM – 23 Oct 2015
61 61 Retweets 119 119 favorites

mamrot @marmolheater
id play football with baby hitler. doubt he’d survive the 2nd touchdown celebration.
2:59 PM – 23 Oct 2015
2 2 Retweets 4 4 favorites

tomb ford @trillotto
Is Baby Hitler The New Pizza Rat?: Please Pay Attention To Us Please Pay Attention To Us Tell Us We Won’t Die Alone
2:31 PM – 23 Oct 2015
23 23 Retweets 67 67 favorites

Caitlin Kelly @atotalmonet
who will be the first brand to capitalize on the baby hitler twitter moment. i hope it’s dennys.
2:31 PM – 23 Oct 2015
26 26 Retweets 95 95 favorites

Olivia Nuzzi @Olivianuzzi
Knowing what you know now would you go back in time and make baby Hitler a child actor?
2:58 PM – 23 Oct 2015
2 2 Retweets 18 18 favorites

Boolia Spookachevsky ✔ @jaypugz
“would you kill baby hitler?” is a question that would be and probably has been asked by one of my stoned friends
3:00 PM – 23 Oct 2015
9 9 Retweets 9 9 favorites

delrayser @delrayser
Maybe you’d grow up to be history’s greatest monster too if 42% of @NYTmag’s readers were always trying to kill you https://twitter.com/NYTmag/status/657618681204244480 …
2:22 PM – 23 Oct 2015
80 80 Retweets 113 113 favorites

Joe John @tut___
Kill Baby Hitler while wearing a Summit Ice jacket.
3:22 PM – 23 Oct 2015
3 3 Retweets 16 16 favorites

Maria Bustillos @mariabustillos
What if you raised baby Hitler in a loving environment and taught him compassion, and if he were ever a cruel baby you gave him a time out
3:21 PM – 23 Oct 2015
15 15 Retweets 33 33 favorites

Lindsay Robertson @lindsayism
I would just hire a TaskRabbit to kill Baby Hitler.
3:22 PM – 23 Oct 2015
1 1 Retweet 16 16 favorites

James Poniewozik ✔ @poniewozik
To be fair, readers may have assumed *they* were the baby trying to kill Hitler, which, come on, would be difficult https://twitter.com/NYTmag/status/657618681204244480 …
2:17 PM – 23 Oct 2015
31 31 Retweets 69 69 favorites

Jonathan Chait ✔ @jonathanchait
Would you rather fight one Hitler-sized baby, or 100 baby-sized Hitlers?
2:25 PM – 23 Oct 2015 · Washington, DC, United States
46 46 Retweets 82 82 favorites

Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy
Teach Baby Hitler To Code
2:26 PM – 23 Oct 2015
28 28 Retweets 80 80 favorites

pourmecoffee ✔ @pourmecoffee
If this means dress up like a giant baby and kill an adult Hitler, then yes, for private reasons
2:43 PM – 23 Oct 2015
221 221 Retweets 366 366 favorites

Jamelle Booo-eeee! ✔ @jbouie
“if the jews would have just gone back in time and killed baby hitler, they wouldn’t have had those problems.” – ben carson probably
2:32 PM – 23 Oct 2015
117 117 Retweets 281 281 favorites

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