Donald Trump tweets discredited Islamic pigs' blood tale after Barcelona attack

Ivan Schwartz
August 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investing the attacks in Spain's Barcelona and Cambrils and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Trump then posted a blatantly Islamophobic tweet, referencing a debunked story about how Gen. John Joseph Pershing supposedly got rid of "radical Islamic terror", for more than three decades. Apparently, the legend has it that when the famed USA general was assigned to the Philippines, he successfully suppressed Muslim militants in the Moro province from 1909 to 1913 - by shooting them with bullets dipped in pigs' blood.

Downtown's Pershing Square is named for General John J. Pershing, an early 20th century U.S. Army general decorated for his service during World War I. He's also the unfortunate subject of a widely discredited myth about his odious treatment of Muslim "terrorists" sometime during or after the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902.

Many critical commentators believe Trump's tweet revived the specific story about Pershing and the bullets dipped in pigs' blood that he told during the campaign. "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", he said.

President Donald Trump was heavily criticized for his delayed and lackluster response to the Charlottesville mayhem that occurred over the weekend, yet he wasted no time condemning Thursday's Barcelona van attack. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assault via its Amaq news agency, but it's unclear to what degree the group's leadership was involved in planning it.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "My thoughts are with all suffering after the terror attack in #Barcelona". Be tough & strong, we love you!' "And the year was early 1900's, and this was a awful problem, they were having bad terrorism problems just like we do", he said, talking about the aftermath of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902 in the Moro Province of the Philippines.

"This latest attack, the worst terror attack on Spanish soil since the 2004 Madrid train bombings, shows us again that radical Islamic terrorism is one of the greatest threats that we face in the world ... Twenty-five years, there wasn't a 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". He took 50 bullets and dipped them in pig's blood [which is considered haram]. Politifact, another fact-checking website, gave it a "Pants on Fire" rating.

The U.S. president's formula is pretty simple - kill those Muslims with "bullets soaked in pigs' blood".

Authorities in Manila later said it wasn't - it was a robbery gone bad involving a 42-year-old with a gambling problem who was deep in debt.

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