A presidential fairy tale, dipped in pigs’ blood
By Brian Seay
After condemning an attack in Spain on Thursday, President Trump once again made reference to a debunked claim involving a 20th century general, 50 Muslim insurgents, and bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.
“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” the president wrote in Thursday’s tweet. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”
The tweet alone doesn’t provide all the context. But this isn’t the first time Trump has told the tall tale of Pershing’s blood-soaked bullets. At a rally in South Carolina last February, then-candidate Trump told the whole story.
“General Pershing was a rough guy, and he sits on his horse and he’s very astute like a ramrod, right? And the year was early 1900’s, and this was a terrible problem, they were having terrible 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.
“And he (Pershing) caught 50 terrorists who 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 — you heard that, right? He took 50 bullets, and he