Study Pershing, Trump Said. But the Story Doesn't Add Up

Lucy Bush
August 20, 2017

Trump further fleshed out his take on the unfounded Pershing claims (and, by extension, the example he would like his 36.1 million Twitter followers to act on) in February 2016, when he used the story as a means of justifying his support of waterboarding.

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.

"This was a bad problem".

When asked on Wednesday why he waited two days to call out the white supremacy that fueled Saturday's terror attack, Trump told us that, "I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement".

After Trump repeated the tale in a Tweet responding to the apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona, McCoy replied with a Tweet directed at the president. You heard about that? He took 50 bullets! The pigs' blood on the bullets, according to at least one version, would keep a Muslim from entering heaven. And the 50th person, he said, "You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened.' And for 25 years, there wasn't a problem".

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"And for 25 years, there wasn't a problem", Trump claimed. "OK?"

According to the fact checking website Politifact, the late military historian Frank Vandiver said in 2003, referring to Pershing: "I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences".

"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.

This time, Trump said the non-massacre deterred terror for "35 years", adding an extra 10 years to the original lie. Shortly after the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, the commander in chief talked about a certain myth involving pig's blood. Trump has sometimes chafed at aides' advice to adopt a more traditionally presidential manner.

Trump joined them in condemning the attack, initially saying the United States will "do whatever is necessary to help" and told Spaniards to "be tough and strong".

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"Be tough and strong, we love you!"

It wasn't the first time Mr Trump touted Pershing's methods.

Sure enough, although there is evidence that stray US forces may have occasionally exploited rebels' religious convictions during the war, the terrible parable earned PolitiFact's coveted "Pants on Fire" rating when the president first uttered it past year.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", he wrote.

I don't know what's worse: the president of the United States for a second time repeating this b.s. legend in the disreputable cause of endorsing torture; or the president of the United States encouraging antiterrorism tactics based on religious insults.

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