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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,

donald trump wants mass executions“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.

9 thoughts on “Donald Trump Promises War Crimes – And His Supporters Love It”

  1. Korky Day says:

    Thanks, J Clifford, for including a quote this time.
    In it he does not say what you say he says.
    He does not say that he will duplicate the feat (true or not).
    Rather, he implies that he will try things that are rough and imaginative.
    I believe he’ll get advice from his generals and do things effective and legal.
    He doesn’t say otherwise.

    What you don’t get is that the fact that he talks off-the-cuff only endears him to the public.
    It shows that he doesn’t have a huge staff. No handlers. Maybe no fact-checkers.
    He will, of course, have plenty of researchers as president, so don’t worry.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Are you kidding me, Korky?

      He draws a parallel between Pershing’s situation and the present one, tells the FALSE story, and then talks about how this country now has to get tough.

      If you don’t get that, Korky, it’s because you’re choosing to be obtuse.

  2. ella says:

    The following is an historical account of such activities which have not yet been attributed to General J. Pershing, which is not to say that such an event did not occur, but searching has not yet recovered it. That said, relating this legendary incident does not merit does not your reaction. The strategy used was to fight terror and senseless violence with violence and terror. That it worked saved the lives of many on both sides and brought about a solution more quickly.

    “It was Colonel Alexander Rodgers of the 6th Cavalry who accomplished by taking advantage of religious prejudice what the bayonets and Krags had been unable to accomplish. Rodgers inaugurated a system of burying all dead juramentados in a common grave with the carcasses of slaughtered pigs. The Mohammedan religion forbids contact with pork; and this relatively simple device resulted in the withdrawal of juramentados to sections not containing a Rodgers. Other officers took up the principle, adding new refinements to make it additionally unattractive to the Moros. In some sections the Moro juramentado was beheaded after death and the head sewn inside the carcass of a pig. And so the rite of running juramentado, at least semi-religious in character, ceased to be in Sulu. The last cases of this religious mania occurred in the early decades of the century. The juramentados were replaced by the amucks … who were simply homicidal maniacs with no religious significance attaching to their acts.”
    “We haven’t eliminated the possibility that Pershing at some point chose to deal with a group of “Mohammedan fanatics” in a manner similar to the one described above, but so far all we’ve turned up are several different accounts with nothing that documents Pershing’s involvement.” http://www.snopes.com/rumors/pershing.asp

    1. J Clifford says:

      Actually, Ella, that’s not really what happened. The violence ended, for a while, when the American military pulled out of the region – not because of this mythical event.

      This story about Alexander Rogers committing the war crime came from a book written in 1938.

      There are no contemporary accounts of any such thing ever taking place, much less it contributing to the eventual decrease in

      I’ve lived on that island, Ella. When I lived there, in the early 1990s, there was still a Muslim rebellion going on. It got much worse in the years after I left. The problem wasn’t solved through any violence, though there has been plenty of that.

      Donald Trump’s foreign policy is based on:

      1. Falsehoods
      2. Faulty thinking
      3. Taking pleasure in rage

    2. J Clifford says:

      “Fight terror and senseless violence with violence and terror.” – Ella
      “Terror cannot be overcome by the weapons of the mind but only by counter-terror.” – Adolf Hitler

      “Turn the other cheek.” – Jesus
      “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves the whole world blind and toothless.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

      We see where you and Donald Trump stand, Ella.

      1. Korky Day says:

        There is much more to Trump’s foreign policy. If you’d pay attention, J Clifford, you might find you even like some of it.
        He promises, for instance, less war because of strength and negotiation.

        Remember, though, I prefer Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders.
        However, I expect Trump would be the best Republican president ever.
        Since one of those 3 is very likely to win, the prospects for the USA seem the best in the last 100 years.

        1. J Clifford says:

          No, Korky. Trump’s foreign policy is not less war. He specifically proposes more war, and more military spending.

  3. Gloria J Fritzler McMillian says:

    Who cares? Trump is saying what we all need to hear. The left is a crazy horse of crap. The left will kill the country and all decent people in it. I love what he said about muslims and pigs blood but I would make Soros first the hitler of modern times.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Gloria, you’re cheering on mass murder.

      No, I won’t follow you there. I know true “crap” when I smell it.

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