Donald Trump Promises War Crimes – And His Supporters Love It
Donald Trump has bragged that he could go out on the street and randomly shoot somebody dead, and his supporters would still be too stupid to abandon his campaign.
At the end of last week, Trump went a step toward testing this boast. He proposed gathering prisoners of war, and shooting them in mass executions in order to terrify the enemy.
Telling a story he had heard about the days when the United States military was fighting against a Muslim rebellion in the Philippines, Donald Trump told an audience in South Carolina,
“They must think we are the dumbest and the weakest and the stupidest people on Earth. On Earth! You know, I read a story. It’s a terrible story, but I’ll tell you. Should I tell you, or should I not?” (In response to this question, the crowd roared with enthusiasm, indicating that yes, they wanted to hear the terrible story Donald Trump had found for them.)
“Early in this century, last century, General Pershing, did you ever hear? Rough guy. Rough guy. They had a terrorism problem, and there’s a whole thing with swine and animals and pigs, and you know the story. They don’t like them, and they were having a tremendous problem with terrorism, and by the way, this is something you can read in the history books, not a lot of history books, because they don’t like teaching this, and General Pershing was a rough guy, and he sits on his horse, straight like a ramrod, and it was early 1900s, and this was a terrible problem.
They were having terrorism problems, just like we do, and he 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 50 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 50th person, he said: ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’… So we better start getting tough, and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads, or we’re not going to have a country, folks! We’re not going to have a country.”
There’s a reason that you don’t read this story in many history books. That’s because there’s no evidence that this event ever happened.
In debunking the urban legend of General Pershing and the bullets of pork blood, the American Muslim cites Jason D. Schwartzman, writing “The myth of General Pershing suppressing Muslim fanatics by defiling their bodies with pig’s blood is a complete falsehood. The legend was born out of confusion, probably accidental, between a completely fictional depiction of the Moro Rebellion in a 1939 movie and the real deeds of Pershing in 1913. Pershing actually stopped the rebellion by using a minimum of violence, deescalating situations whenever possible, and disarming the Moros entirely. The myth is no more than a bloodthirsty urban legend, and furthermore, the method described would not work, since being killed by a bullet soaked in pig’s blood has no more or less deterrence value to a devout Muslim combatant than being killed with a plain bullet has.”
It’s troubling that Donald Trump is forming his policies on the basis of false history. What’s worse is that the false history in which Donald Trump chooses to indulge is criminally violent.
It is a war crime to gather prisoners of war together and execute them en masse.
Upon hearing Donald Trump propose that the United States begin committing war crimes, the crowd in South Carolina roared with applause.