Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Trump responds to Barcelona attack by reviving debunked myth

Trump responds to Barcelona attack by reviving debunked myth

The president's tweet appears to reference this fictional event, claiming that "There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" as a result of the tactic. During today's broadcast of CNN's The Lead, anchor Jake Tapper took the president to task for repeating this claim. The survivor was told to go back and tell his people what happened.

Lacking more specifics, it is not certain Trump is referring to the same story he gave in February 2016 in his latest tweet - but the allusion to it in the wake of the fatalities in Spain has drawn severe criticism.

President Donald Trump appeared Thursday to endorse the idea of mass executions for Islamist extremists, as he alluded to a widely debunked account of summary punishment by a United States general in the Philippines in the early 1900s.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

In response, Mr Trump suggested adopting US General John "Black Jack" Pershing's methods.

Pershing served as governor of a largely Muslim province in the Philippines from 1909-1913 as the United States tried to establish control of the area, PolitiFact said. Pershing governed over the Muslim-dominated Moro Province in the southern Philippines during USA occupation after the 1898 Spanish-American war. At least 13 people were killed and 80 were injured after a van plowed into a crowd in the Spanish city.

It is unclear why Trump's original claim of "25 years" without "a problem" increased to "35 years" in his tweet Thursday. According to Trump, Pershing dipped the bullets used to execute Muslim terrorists in pig blood.

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Snopes judged a similar story about Pershing killing Muslim terrorists and burying their bodies with pigs to be false.

Earlier this week, Trump said he needed to get all "the facts" before singling out hate groups for condemnation after violent protests sparked by a white supremacist rally left one woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

The story about Pershing using pig's blood is "a fabrication ... long since discredited", according to historian Brian McAllister Linn. 'He caught 50 terrorists that did tremendous damage and killed many people and he took the 50 terrorists and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pig's blood'.

"He took 50 men, and he dipped 50 bullets in pig's blood". "Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn't a problem".

It's also not clear that the Moro were particularly observant Muslims, nor is there evidence that they were pacified by any Pershing military tactic - however unconventional. Our friends at Snopes.com considered the evidence and called it a 'legend.' We made a decision to check with historians of the period to see what they thought of the story.

Local police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

"I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement", said Trump on Tuesday, as quoted by the HuffPost.

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