Trump's Knee-Jerk Reaction To Barcelona Prove His Neo-Nazi Sympathies

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 19, 2017

On August 17 a string of terrorist attacks rocked the Spanish region of Catalonia: a van plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in the Las Ramblas area in central Barcelona in the evening, leaving 13 people dead and over 100 injured; several hours after this tragedy, another vehicle attack took place in the coastal town of Cambrils to the south.

Far worse than its absurdity or its falsity is its gleeful bloodthirstiness: The President of the United States responded to news of a terrorist attack by casually arguing for the perpetration of war crimes.

Most probably, the president was trying to direct the readers of his tweet to the claim that in 1911, Pershing had put down a Muslim insurgency in the Southern Philippines by forcing the rebels to watch their comrades being executed with bullets dipped in pig's blood.

Speaking at a rally in Charleston February a year ago, Trump said General Pershing "took 50 bullets and he dipped them in pig's blood".

The myth, which has circulated online, refers to General John Pershing's actions during the United States war in the Philippines in the early 1900s.

PolitiFact, the fact-checking website, rated this statement "pants on fire" at the time. And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs' blood - you heard that, right?

According to legend, Pershing told the 50th Muslim to take one of those bullets back to his people as a warning of what would happen should they persist.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "My thoughts are with all suffering after the terror attack in #Barcelona".

After telling that story, Trump claimed "we've got to start getting tough and we've got to start being vigilant and we've got to start using our heads or we're not gonna have a country, folks". "Twenty-five years, there wasn't a problem", Trump told the crowd.

"They had a terrorism problem and there's a whole thing with swine and pigs and you know the story they don't like them ... and Gen. Pershing was a rough guy and he sits on his horse and he's very astute, like a ramrod". During the campaign, Trump repeatedly told this story.

He added: "And for 25 years there wasn't a problem" although he seems to have revised that figure up to 35 years. In his new tweet he revised that estimated upward to 35 years. So I don't want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement.

And Michael H. Hunt, an emeritus historian at the University of North Carolina told Politifact that Pershing hardly crushed a rebellion.

The message stood in sharp contrast to Trump's reaction on 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.

"Nonetheless, the "discouraging Muslim terrorists by burying them with pigs" concept is still invoked in the modern era, even if the evidence of its use (or success) remains nebulous", Snopes wrote.

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