Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner in the U.S. presidential race, lauded on Friday a U.S. general who apparently executed 49 Muslim prisoners in the Philippines a century ago.
Speaking at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, Trump cited the story of General John Pershing, who ordered the execution of 50 captured Muslim resistance fighters. According to Trump, Pershing “dipped 50 bullets in pig’s blood,” then had 49 of the prisoners shot. Pershing then allegedly told the last prisoner to “go back to your people and you tell them what happened.”
“And in 25 years there wasn’t a problem,” Trump said, to applause from his audience.
Trump has received widespread criticism for his remarks.
Suzanne Barakat, the sister of one of the three American Muslim university students killed in a 2015 hate crime tweeted:
Many others were shocked at the presidential candidate's remarks:
I hope someone campaigning for Donald Trump comes to my door so I can throw pigs blood on them— princess mononoke ✿ (@tiramisubabe) February 15, 2016
Yesterday: Donald Trump endorses executing Muslims with pigs blood-soaked bullets.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 21, 2016
In order to kill Muslims lace the bullet with pigs blood. In order to kill your common sense and intelligence, just listen to Donald Trump.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 20, 2016
The myth of General Pershing's bizarre executions has been dismissed by rumor-busting website Snopes as a story that was widely disseminated across the internet following the 9/11 attacks. Despite Trump's controversial Friday remarks, he went on to win South Carolina's Republican primary.
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