Trump praises mass-execution of Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs' blood

Illo: Rob Beschizza

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ended a rally in South Carolina Friday by recalling, approvingly, the probably-apocryphal tale of General Pershing's execution of Muslims.

… an apparent myth about how General John Pershing summarily executed dozens of Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with tainted ammunition during a guerilla war against the occupying United States.

“He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood,” Trump said. “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty 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?”

The story appears to be a hoax spread via e-mail forwards, according to rumor tracker, with no evidence it occurred.

The moral of the tale, according to Trump: “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.”

A lifetime of glory; a cup of sake.

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  1. Sure, there are better examples than Trump, it was just too easy a shot to not take.

    Reiser, man, that guy was really quite brilliant in filesystems domain and also, uh, really terrible elsewhere. He did have two books on homicide investigation in his car, so he was trying to catch up...

    A better example might be the Soylent guy who was running a tech. startup that was failing so he decided to pivot to disrupting food by quickly studying some nutrition guidelines and throwing together chemicals that approximate them resulting in a slurry with a glycemic index of 65.

  2. But, holy shit. What a shitshow the story of his trial was.

    I have a hard time thinking of another true-crime story where the judges and jury had so much WTF to sift through.

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