Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a debunked story about U.S. General John Pershing killing Muslim terrorists with bullets that were soaked in pig's blood during a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 19 (video below).
According to MSNBC, Trump was referring to a tale about Pershing killing dozens of Muslim prisoners (Moro rebels) in the Philippines, who opposed the U.S. occupying forces.
Snopes.com noted in 2015 that there was no historical back up for this widely circulated Internet story entitled: "HOW TO STOP ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ... it worked once in our History ..."
Dr. Frank E. Vandiver, a history professor at Texas A&M University and author of "Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing," told Urban Legends in 2003: "I never found any indication that it was true in extensive research on his Moro experiences. This kind of thing would have run completely against his character."
Trump didn't mention the Philippines or the occupation by the U.S., but said:
They were having terrorism problems just like we do. And [Pershing] 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 pig's blood. You heard that, right?
He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s 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, okay? 25 years, there wasn't a problem.
The crowd cheered, and Trump closed the hoax story with: "So, we better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks, we’re not gonna have a country."