On Thursday, August 18 2017, President Trump tweeted: “Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”
The story he’s referring to involves General Pershing executing Muslim fighters by dipping bullets in pig’s blood, to “send a message” to the other fighters to knock that shit off. This single twit by Trump perfectly encapsulates everything wrong with the man and his Presidency.
1. The story isn’t true, it’s a myth. And worse, it’s a myth that’s only found on white supremacist sites.
2. They weren’t terrorists. The Muslims in this story were fighting invaders. The invaders were Pershing and the Americans.
3. What he’s describing is a war crime. He’s admiring summary executions of prisoners of war without trial, and executions that disrespects their religious beliefs.
So to sum up: it’s a lie, it’s racist, and it’s criminal.
Trump’s Presidency in a nutshell.