After tepid response to Charlottesville, Trump goes off after Barcelona terror attack

After tepid response to Charlottesville, Trump goes off after Barcelona terror attack

Following a suspected terror attack in Barcelona, Trump tweeted: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught".

Following the deadly terror attack in Barcelona today, President Donald Trump tweeted out condolences to the victims and stated that the United States condemned the attacks.

Donald Trump has seemingly referenced a highly controversial and dubious legend about killing Islamic militants with bullets drenched in pig's blood - in the wake of the Barcelona terror attack.

In the story Trump told at that time, Pershing's forces captured 50 Muslim prisoners.

Trump first spoke about this internet rumor at a campaign rally in SC, though his tale was slightly different then.

Critics called it apocryphal, misleading or outright false. "By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously-offensive ways, he places the millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk from rogue vigilantes".

People who believe this myth say Pershing's tactic worked because under Islam, pig blood is considered unholy.

Eating pork is a sin for Muslims.

"This story is a fabrication and has always been discredited", Brian McAllister Linn, a Texas A&M University historian and author of Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940, told Politifact. "I am amazed it is still making the rounds".

Even if the tale were true, Politifact wrote, it had no pacifying effect. The region "remained in constant unrest during the period of American rule and into the period of independence, right down to the present". "The fact is that they were completely surprised at the prompt and decisive action of the troops in cutting off supplies and preventing escape", he wrote in his official report of the battle, per Snopes, "and they were chagrined and disappointed in that they were not encouraged to die the death of Mohammedan fanatics".

Although Trump never used the word "Muslim" in this story, he was clearly referring to Muslim terrorists and at one point commented: "There's a whole thing with swine and animals and pigs, and - you know the story, you know they don't like that".

First, he instantly called it a terror attack, something he remains unwilling to do regarding the man who drove a auto into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one woman and injuring some 20 others.

"Before I make a statement, I need the facts", Trump said. "Most expressed skepticism that the specific story ever happened, and many added that Trump's takeaway is wrong-headed".

The only problem was that no historians believe the U.S. general did what Mr Trump claimed.

The message stood in sharp contrast to Trump's reaction Saturday to an attack in Charlottesville, when a man drove a vehicle into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally, killing a woman and injuring 19 others.



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