Trump condemns Spain terror attack

Claudine Rigal
Août 18, 2017

Trump was referring to the myth (fake news) that General John Pershing dipped bullets in pigs' blood before ordering his soldiers to execute Muslim insurgents following the Philippine-American War in order to deter the insurgency campaign.

In his February recitation of the Pershing story, Trump told a crowd of supporters that the general was having trouble dealing with terrorist attacks and caught 50 suspects.

According to the myth, a USA general John Pershing had "shot dead" 49 out of 50 Muslims using bullets dipped in pig's blood during the U.S. war in the Philippines in the early 1900s. "There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!"

A former Homeland security adviser to President Barack Obama said Friday that President Donald Trump's recent invocation of a myth about a United States general killing Muslim prisoners is risky because it's "fact-free".

"Nonetheless, the "discouraging Muslim terrorists by burying them with pigs" concept is still invoked in the modern era, even if the evidence of its use (or success) remains nebulous", Snopes wrote.

"And he caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people".

"He took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs' blood - you heard that, right?" He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs' blood.

Pershing was the governor of the heavily Muslim Moro Province from 1909 to 1913, a period plagued by multiple uprisings, according to an exhaustive research piece in Politifact, a website that investigates claims by politicians to determine their truthfulness.

"And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people", he continued. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. "Twenty-five years there wasn't a problem".

At the time the story was told, Politifact, an organization that fact-checks the claims of politicians, evaluated Trump's tale and concluded it to be "ridiculous". Politfact labeled it trousers on Fire! false on its Truth-O-Meter and Snopes called it "false".

"The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help", Trump wrote.

It's unclear. Trump did not cite any specific tactic employed by Pershing in his tweet on Thursday.

The Thursday tweet came 45 minutes after he issued a conventional response to the terrorist attack in Barcelona. We ask USA citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you are safe.

Trump defended his delayed response in calling out white supremacists by name until two days after the attack by saying he didn't "know all the facts".

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