Jeb Bush says he would kill baby Hitler, landing the Republican stance on abortion in chaos

Would the Republican candidates have let Hitler's mother teminate her pregnancy?

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In the sort of fantastic turn of events that makes the American presidential race so much fun to follow, Jeb Bush – who, having derived a nickname from his initials “John Ellis Bush”, is the human equivalent of calling it an “ATM Machine” – has spoken out on the controversial “would you kill baby Hitler?” question by saying “Hell yeah, I would”.

Considering historical infanticide, the 2016 presidential candidate told the Huffington Post: “You gotta step up, man”.

Whew, that’s that mystery over. But wait, what’s this?

Hmm. While governor of Florida, Bush supported a law requiring parents to be told about teenagers’ abortions, asked the courts to appoint a guardian to protect a foetus carried by a mentally disabled rape victim and famously tried to prevent a 13-year-old ward of the state from accessing an abortion.

Is it hypocritical to suggest it’d be okay to kill a baby, but not okay to terminate a pregnancy in the case of rape?

Jeb Bush has been contacted for comment.

I'm a mole, innit.

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