Trump Resurrects Bloody War Myth in Wake of Barcelona Attack

Following a suspected terrorist attack in Barcelona, President Donald Trump tweeted about how former Nebraskan Gen. John Pershing handled terrorists in the Phillipines.

About an hour later, Trump tweeted: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught".

He is said to have rounded up 50 terrorists and then ordered his men to shoot 49 of them, using bullets dipped in pig's blood.

The president's post was apparently in reference to a legend about World War I-era Army Gen. John J. Pershing that he first told publicly during a campaign rally in Charleston, South Carolina, in February 2016.

Snopes first debunked the story more than 15 years ago, and subsequent updates to the publication's fact-checking article have also suggested that the mass execution supposedly spearheaded by Pershing is nothing but a "rumor created on the internet", and that the general had actually favored peace talks with the Moros, as opposed to violent solutions. The story goes that Pershing, known as "Black Jack", rounded up a large group of Muslim rebels and had them executed with bullets dipped in the blood of pigs, which are "haram" or "forbidden" by Islamic law. "And the 50th person was let go to carry a message - 'You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened.' And for 25 years, there wasn't a problem." - claimed Mr. Trump.

A van driver on Thursday ploughed into pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street in broad daylight, killing at least 14 people.

"When I make a statement, I like to be correct". Yes, he mentioned 25 years of prosperity last year, which contradicts with his latest claim of 35 years.

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Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, before their meeting at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. Dunford made the comments to his counterparts in South Korea as part of a trip to South Korea, Japan and China.

"Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence", Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said at the time.

"The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help", Trump wrote. It took him less than a day to respond to terrorist attacks in Paris, Manchester, England, and London, the last of which he used as a reason to plug his proposal for a travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries.

In another tweet, Trump said the USA security forces and law enforcement agencies were on guard and were monitoring the situation. "Be tough & strong, we love you!", he tweeted at 8 PM.

McCoy's documentary is the culmination of five years of research about the general, which included multiple trips to the Library of Congress and National Archives. "I want to know the facts".

"Then [Pershing] announced that any Juramentado thereafter would be sprinkled with pig's blood", Archer wrote. PolitiFact tried to verify Trump's account of Pershing's actions with eight historians.

The blood of pigs would block Muslims from reaching paradise in the afterlife.

  • Megan Austin