Donald Trump responds to Barcelona attack by reviving myth of US general dipping bullets in pigs’ blood to kill Muslims
According to Telegraph.co.uk
Donald Trump Responds To Barcelona Attack with a suggestion that Islamist terrorists should be executed with bullets soaked in pig’s blood – reviving the story of an early 1900s event which most scholars believe never actually happened.
Mr. Trump initially tweeted his condemnation of the attack, offering US help to Spain if it was sought.
He then followed it up with a second tweet, praising a discredited story of a 20th-century atrocity.
“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”
The tweet harked back to Mr Trump’s speech on the campaign trail in February 2016. He referenced the supposed actions of General Pershing, and suggested them as a blueprint for how terrorists should be treated.
The only problem was that no historians believe the US general did what Mr Trump claimed.
The president said that, during the Moro rebellion in the Philippines between 1901 and 1913, General John Pershing executed Muslim insurgents with bullets dipped in pig’s blood.
Critics called it apocryphal, misleading or outright false.
The fact-checking website Snopes considered the evidence and called it a “legend”, while Politifact rated it “pants on fire”.
While historians agree that there were indeed efforts to offend Muslim Filipinos, there was no evidence for the pigs’ blood on bullets story.
Politifact reported: “We decided to check with historians of the period to see what they thought of the story. We heard back from eight scholars. Most expressed skepticism that the specific story ever happened, and many added that Trump’s takeaway is wrong-headed.”
They pointed out, that, in addition to the shootings likely never having happened, Mr Trump’s conclusion that it resulted in an era of peace was also misguided.