President Trump revives widely debunked pig's blood myth after Barcelona attack

President Trump revives widely debunked pig's blood myth after Barcelona attack

"Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" President Trump tweeted today following a suspected terrorist attack in Barcelona. The statement is a call back to a story then-candidate Trump relayed during a campaign rally: General John Pershing (the story goes) executed dozens of Muslims with tainted ammunition during U.S. occupation of the Philippines. But to 'study' the story - now officially revived by the POTUS - to is to discover that it never existed.

The story was widely circulated after 9/11:

President Trump refers to the apocryphal story to support a "tougher," more vigilant fight against crime. The Pershing story - which alleges that the General killed six militant Muslims with bullets "dripped in the fat of pigs" - was again widely circulated in the wake of 9/11, and was once recounted by former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham (D-Fla.).
Trump revived it during the height of his presidential campaign.
The story is a myth, as proven by multiple outlets. "We found no references to this alleged incident in Pershing biographies, however, nor does it match the way Pershing is generally recorded as having dealt with the Moros in 1911," said Snopes, which labeled the story a 'legend.'
Politifact determined that just one letter supports a story of that kind, and that letter was written nearly half a century after the events in question.
Notably, a Time report does point to large-scale violence and "deliberate efforts to offend Muslim Filipinos' religious sensibilities," but no event matches what President Trump describes.
"This story is a fabrication and has long been discredited," said Brian McAllister Linn, a Texas A&M University historian, to Politifact. "I am amazed it is still making the rounds."

TBT Tuesday: "'When I make a statement I like it to be correct."

"When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts," President Trump said on Tuesday while defending his response to the violence in Charlottesville.
In early 2016, Trump suggested the repeatedly, exhaustively debunked Pershing story is something that "you can read about in the history books." But not too many history books, though, because "they don't like teaching it."
Reached for comment, then-presidential candidate Marco Rubio told reporters that Trump's apparent endorsement of summary executions is "not what the United States is about."
“It’s doubtful whether that even happened. We’re in a very weird year here, people saying whatever they want in politics today and there’s no accountability," Rubio added.