At a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., Donald Trump repeated the vile hoax story about U.S. General John Joseph Pershing dipping bullets in pigs blood, shooting 49 Muslims and letting the 50th off with a warning. The crowd in California erupted in applause as he told it.
Trump has used this story to illustrate how effectively you can combat radical Islamic terrorism if you refuse to be politically correct.
Trump told this exact story at a rally in South Carolina back in February. Mediaite’s Josh Feldman wrote at the time:
There has been a persistent rumor for years that United States GeneralJohn Pershing cracked down on Islamic terrorism in the early 1900s by dipping bullets in pig’s blood and shooting Muslim prisoners with them. This is a hoax. It has never been proven.
Politifact investigated the claim and rated it a “Pants on Fire.”
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