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Trump cites dubious Muslim execution story anew

20 Августа 2017, 10:43 | Franklin Nunez

Armed police guard Las Ramblas in Barcelona where at least 13 people were killed the previous evening. AP

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President Donald Trump's tweeted claim that modern governments should study the actions of U.S. Gen. John Pershing when fighting Islamic extremism references repeatedly debunked claims about Pershing's tactics, according to Politifact, Snopes and the Associated Press.

After Trump repeated the tale in a Tweet responding to the apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona, McCoy replied with a Tweet directed at the president.

DONALD Trump quoted a FAKE story of a U.S. general who "executed Muslim terrorists with pigs' blood-soaked bullets" after the Barcelona bloodbath.

Here Trump is referring to a myth about General John J. Pershing who fought in the Philippine-American war of 1899-1902.

Fact-checkers have dubbed the Pershing story unproven at best.

"He took 50 bullets and dipped them in pig's blood", Trump told a rally just before the SC primary in February 2016, Mother Jones reports. "And the 50th person, he said: 'You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened.' And for 25 years, there wasn't a problem".

President Donald Trump on Thursday promoted a graphic, unfounded story about the mass killing of suspected terrorists in the early 20th century.

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Here, for example, is a Washington Post report from June 2016, following a Trump event in SC.

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Today, not even a week after his failure to condemn neo-nazi extremism, Trump posted an aggressive tweet citing an act allegedly carried out by an American general which stopped Islamic extremist terrorism for 35 years.

When Trump a year ago told the story about Gen. John Pershing, he said it took place in the early 1900s but did not specify a location, according to the Post.

"And for 25 years, there was not a problem". Pig's blood is considered unholy. "Twenty-five years, there wasn't a problem".

Horrific footage shot from overhead showed terrified pedestrians screaming as they ran away from the scene, while others taken in the aftermath show at least 19 people lying on the floor covered in blood.

"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.

Trump defended his delayed response in calling out white supremacists by name until two days after the attack by saying he didn't "know all the facts".

"I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement", said Trump on Tuesday, as quoted by the HuffPost.

It comes now amid a national debate over the president's moral authority and stance on extremism after a white nationalist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

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