Disgust as Trump quotes approvingly apocryphal tale of US general who summarily executed Muslim terrorists with pigs blood-soaked bullets in wake of Barcelona bloodbath

  • Donald Trump tweeted claim about U.S. Gen. Jack Pershing - referring to a false tale that he killed 49 Muslim insurgents with bullets dipped in pigs blood
  • He made the claim in the wake of a deadly terror attack in Spain attributed to Islamic radicals - and had previously used it on the cmapaign trail
  • Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! the president tweeted 
  • Story was an object lesson in motivating Muslim terrorists to stay away, but its a tall tale that never actually happened
  • He used it to burnish his tough-on-terror image during the South Carolina GOP primary campaign in February 2016 

Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years! the president tweeted.

Trump had already issued a more prosaic tweet 45 minutes earlier, writing: The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

But the reference to Gen. John Black Jack Pershing inserted Trump into the days most riveting news story in a way his White House could come to regret.

There was criticism of the president for his use of it, with CNN anchor Jake Tapper calling it a lie, something unlikely to improve his networks relations with the White House.

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President Donald Trump, pictured Tuesday during a press conference in New York, tweeted his response to Thursdays Barcelona terror attack by citing a military story that never happened

President Donald Trump, pictured Tuesday during a press conference in New York, tweeted his response to Thursdays Barcelona terror attack by citing a military story that never happened

Trumps tweet about Gen. Pershing refers to a story he told on the campaign trail about deterring Muslim terrorists by capturing them and executing them with bullets dipped in pigs blood

Trumps tweet about Gen. Pershing refers to a story he told on the campaign trail about deterring Muslim terrorists by capturing them and executing them with bullets dipped in pigs blood

Trump had already tweeted a more ordinary message of support, but his White House may come to regret the follow-up

Trump had already tweeted a more ordinary message of support, but his White House may come to regret the follow-up

Criticism: Factchecking group PolitiFact rated Trump at the worst end of its scale of error, CNN ancor Jake Tapper called the tweet a lie, while Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu and anti-Trump Republican Bill Kristol were united in attacking the tweet

Criticism: Factchecking group PolitiFact rated Trump at the worst end of its scale of error, CNN ancor Jake Tapper called the tweet a lie, while Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu and anti-Trump Republican Bill Kristol were united in attacking the tweet

Den. Jack Pershing was a military governor of a Philippines province but certainly never carried out mass executions designed to scare Muslims about the fate of their souls

Den. Jack Pershing was a military governor of a Philippines province but certainly never carried out mass executions designed to scare Muslims about the fate of their souls

Trumps anecdote is a fictional story that he told in South Carolina ahead of the states Republican presidential primary in February 2016.

The story centers on Pershings supposed killing of prisoners during the early 1900s when his army was targeted by an insurgent guerrilla campaign of Muslim Juramentados who targeted Christians with gruesome sword attacks.

Pershing was governor of the Philippines Moro Province at the time. 

 

They were having terrorism problems, just like we do, Trump said. He caught 50 terrorists that did tremendous damage and killed many people and he took the 50 terrorists and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs blood.

And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people, and the 50th person, he said; You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.

And for 25 years, Trump ended, there wasnt a problem. For 25 years there wasnt a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasnt a problem. So we better start getting tough!

On Thursday Trump upped Pershings effectiveness by 10 years, to 35.

Problematically for him, the bullets-in-pigs-blood episode never happened.

Trump told his unbelievable story during the Republican primary season in the early state of South Carolina
 

Trump told his unbelievable story during the Republican primary season in the early state of South Carolina