Attack Of The Terror Babies

One of the more bizarre memes floating out there right now is the idea of the so-called “terror babies,” the alleged threat that Islamic radicals are taking advantage of the the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship rules to bring women to America to give birth to children who will then be taken back to, wherever, trained as terrorists when they become adults, and then returned to the United States:

Al-Qaeda may have infiltrated the womb.

In a speech on the floor of the House last week Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert warned about an insidious plot by terror organizations to infiltrate the US with pregnant woman.

According to Gohmert, the plan is that women would give birth to terrorist babies who can then return to wreak havoc on the US once they come of age.

“It appeared that [the terrorists] would have young women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby,” Gohmert said. “And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists.”

Gohmert cited a retired FBI agent as his inside source on the baby conspiracy plot.

“And then one day, twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life,” he said.

It sounds totally insane, of course. Why would Al Qaeda go through such bizarre machinations when there are millions of recruits available now right in their backyard ? And yet, Gohmert isn’t alone, he’s joined by another Texas politician:

Last night Anderson Cooper had Gohmert himself on and, well, I’ll let you judge for yourself:

File this one under too stupid to believe.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. It combines Republican pandering to xenophobes with Republican pandering to islamophobes.  If they can just work a homosexual angle in somehow, they could have a fear-mongering hat trick on their hands.

  2. An Interested Party says:

    Perhaps the DNC could bundle these loony comments into an ad…”The Attack of the Crazy Texas GOP”…it’s nice to see that Michele Bachmann has others giving her a run for her money…

  3. tom p says:


  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    Oh Texas! On the right you have politicians afraid of terrorist wombs, and on the left you have elected officials waxing poetic about the current nations of North and South Viet Nam.
    My life would be so dull without you, Texas.