by Lauren Wynn
The President of the United States just tweeted a lie:
Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Just one hour after condemning the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, Trump once again trotted out the story he told on the campaign trail:
“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 pigs’ blood — you heard that, right? He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ 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. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem. Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn’t a problem.” ~ Donald Trump, Charleston, SC. February 2016
At the time, both Snopes and Politifact called this story a myth and completely untrue. Historians have also denied that there is any truth to this story – yet, once again, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America has forwarded a slanderous accusation about a U.S. General.
Voices from across the political spectrum blasted Trump.
In one tweet Trump spread fake history, libeled an American hero, and signaled a willingness – even eagerness – to commit war crimes. That’s conduct unbecoming the lowliest officer in the military. Coming from the commander-in-chief, it’s a complete disgrace. [email protected] National Review
To Jake Tapper at CNN
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) August 17, 2017
From conservative pundit Ben Shapiro
Thanks to Trump's Pershing tweet, I'm buying stock in the pork industry as fast as I can.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 17, 2017
to New York Times White House Correspondent, Maggie Haberman
The commander in chief is telling people to study a military incident that historians have called a myth https://t.co/x18zfZE4r7
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 17, 2017
It’s astounding that a man with the wisdom and counsel of historians, military leaders and scholars at his fingertips cannot keep himself from spreading falsehoods to his millions of followers. Equally as astounding is that they believe him. They believe him over historians and experts.
UNBELIEVABLE! Shepard Smith reading Trumps tweet about General Pershing and using left wing liars of Snopes to claim false. Shep is A LIAR!
— Mike (@mike_Zollo) August 17, 2017
— Carrie??America ?? (@carrieksada) August 17, 2017
He knows this and that is why he persists in spreading his ridiculous stories, his accusations against the media and those who oppose him. He persists because, in their eyes, he can do no wrong and that brings with it great power. Trump’s propaganda is taking hold. Pay attention America!