What should anyone’s response be if someone says, “We need to eat the babies”?

By Dave Andrusko

The bizarre (no lesser word will do) comments of a supposed constituent of pro-abortion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a town hall meeting in Corona, New York bounced all over the blogosphere last night and today.

Let me be clear from the start. It wasn’t too far into the rambling comments of an unidentified woman that you thought (a) someone with enormous skills had compiled a digital parody of the almost unparodyable Rep. Ocasio-Cortez , or (b) someone with an agenda had taken over the room at the Queens Public Library.

It’s not so much what was said—your other thought was the woman was on drugs and shouldn’t be held responsible—but Ocasio-Cortez’s absolutely unflappable, emotion-free response.

Here is most of what the woman said. After thanking Ocasio-Cortez for her work on “the climate crisis,” she said it wasn’t enough because we were running out of time.

“We’re not going to be here for much longer because of the climate crisis! We only have a few months left! I love that you support the Green Deal but getting rid of fossil fuel is not going to solve the problem fast enough. … So, I think your next campaign slogan has to be this, ‘We got to start eating babies.’

“We don’t have enough time! There is too much CO2 . All of you, you know you are pollutant. Too much CO2… Even if we would bomb Russia, we still have too many people…We have to get rid of the babies, that’s a big problem. Just stopping having babies is not enough. We need to eat the babies! …Please give a response.”

Bear in mind two things. First, she may have said what she said—and sported a tee-shirt reading, “Save the Planet, Eat the Babies”—in an attempt to embarrass the seemingly unembarrassable Ocasio-Cortez, or just to gain attention. But you will never lose money betting that the rhetoric of the anti-humanist wing of the environmental movement will escalate.

As Wesley J. Smith has written, “[I]n recent years, environmentalism has been trending toward an explicit anti-humanism that sees ‘the planet’ itself as having the highest value and people— because of our unique ability to impact the environment—as the enemies of the biosphere.”

Second, Ocasio-Cortez during all of the spiel–and the audience for much of it—acts as if what she is hearing is….well, worth hearing. Her first response was not “Are you off your rocker?” but “One of the things that’s very important to us is that we need to treat the climate crisis with the urgency that it does present. Luckily, we have more than a few months.”

But as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said last night, “If someone said to you, ‘We need to eat the babies’ wouldn’t your first response be, ‘What? No! Of course not!’ That’s the one thing [AOC] didn’t say … pretty revealing.”