Trump pushes debunked ‘pig’s blood’ myth, hours after Barcelona attack

Source: BBC News

US President Donald Trump has invoked a debunked myth about a general who fought Islamist militants by using pig’s blood to commit mass executions.

The president’s tweet came hours after a driver crashed a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona, leaving many dead or injured.

“Study what General Pershing… did to terrorists when caught,” Mr Trump said, referring to the discredited story.

Historians and fact checkers say there is no truth to it.

The myth, which has circulated online, refers to General John Pershing’s actions during the US war in the Philippines in the early 1900s.

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