CHARLESTON, S.C. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump told an apocryphal story at a rally Friday night about how General John Pershing once stopped terrorism against U.S. forces in the Philippines by executing Muslim terrorists with bullets soaked in pigs’ blood.
“They had a terrorism problem and there’s a whole thing with swine and animals and pigs, and you know the story, okay, they don’t like that,” Trump began his self-described “terrible story” by saying. “And they were having a tremendous problem with terrorism — and by the way, this is something you can read in the history books, not a lot of history books because they don’t like teaching this.”
“And General Pershing was a rough guy, and he sits on his horse very astute like a ramrod,” he continued, “and the year was early 1900s and this was a terrible problem they were having terrorism problems just like we do.”
“And he 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 dipped them in pigs’ blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those people and the fiftieth person, he said ‘you go back to your people and you tell them what happened.'”
“And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem,” Trump said. “So we better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant and we better start using our heads or we’re not going to have a county, folks.”
But the story is an apparent myth that began circulating on the Internet after 9/11, according to Snopes.
Trump used the story as an example of getting tough on terrorism, which included reiterations of his enthusiastic support for waterboarding terrorists.
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