“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” – Donald Trump tweet 8-17-17
The Myth: U.S. General John J. Pershing effectively discouraged Muslim terrorists in the Philippines by killing them and burying their bodies along with those of pigs.
Fact or Fiction: Fiction (Trumpets, fiction means the myth is not true)
During a campaign rally in South Carolina, Trump told his audience a story about General John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines. Trump said Pershing, “caught 50 terrorists that 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.”
Trump went on to describe the mass execution of 49 of the prisoners, with the last prisoner being released to tell the others what happened. This story is also untrue. There was no mass execution led by Pershing.
Why would Trump spew this false bullshit? Besides the fact he is egotistical moron? Because he is an unsophisticated, intellectual light-weight despite telling us that he is “like, a really smart person”. Money can buy a lot of “stuff” but what it can’t buy is class, smarts, compassion or empathy.
I have lived through eleven Presidents and though many thought that George Bush #2 was no rocket scientist, compared to Trump, at this point, Bush #2 looks like an intellectual giant.
I feel bad for the man, I feel bad for his family. His tweet above was wholly racist and insulting to Muslims, but here is the thing, I don’t think Trump is smart enough to realize that. Certainly, he doesn’t care. Maybe we are all giving him to much credit, that he knows exactly what he is doing, but he has demonstrated day in and day out that he is not a well read man. He watches television and just reacts to what the talking heads on Fox & Friends are covering. I am not convinced the man has ever had an original thought in his head.
But in the meantime the Trumpets cheer him on. What does this undying loyalty and love say about them? At this point there is no need to debate their intellectual abilities, or whether or not they are bigots, homophobes, racist or even, dare I say, Christian. For me the answer is easy and demonstrated in their words, their actions and sadly their continued support of this man.
As I have written before there is a chink in the GOP armor, we need to turn that chink into a rip, then a gash, then a laceration and then an amputation. We are being hijacked by 35%. It’s time to take our country back. What are you going to do?
“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrates in order to be successful. And we need for him to be successful, our nation needs for him to be successful. It doesn’t matter whether you are Republican or Democrat. We need for our president, the world needs our president to be successful.” – Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee