In The Blink of an Eye, We Go from Commander in Chief

(Image from The Economist magazine)

First, if some of you are asking, what is moral turpitude?

A phrase used in Criminal Law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals.

Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person’s duty to another or to society in general.

As a noun —

n. gross violation of standards of moral conduct,vileness.

In his recent tweet storm about the Barcelona terrorist attack, his little pudgy fingers typed this…

“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!” wrote Trump on Twitter Thursday afternoon.”

And honestly, I think Hope Hicks typed this, but what do you expect from his twenties-something girlfriend ( but that’s another story, now, isn’t it?)

And then, to make matters worse, he( or she) tweets this…

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump urged his 36.1 million Twitter followers. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

Guess what?

He just tweeted a BIG FAT LIE.

Trump was likely referring to a supposed practice of shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pig’s blood or burying them with the bodies of pigs. For some time, there have been rumors that claim Gen. John J. Pershing employed such tactics following the Philippine-American War in order to deter insurgents.

Trump previously referred to this during a February 2016 rally. In the story Trump told at that time, Pershing’s forces captured 50 Muslim prisoners. Pershing then, Trump said, “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.”

And there will be some who read this and say, “ well, you radical left wing nut, you got this information from CNN, the Clinton News Network.”

No…I didn’t. Its a lie, because it was fact checked by Snopes.

As an American, with a Filipino ancestry, this has been refuted several times over.

The history of the American administration of the Philippines between the Spanish cession of the islands at the conclusion of the Spanish-American war in 1898 and the attainment of full political independence in 1946 (including American attempts to “pacify” various independence-minded groups through military means) is too long and complicated to explicate here. Suffice it to say that General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing was part of the process as Governor of the troublesome Moro Province between 1909 and 1913. We found no references to this alleged incident in Pershing biographies, however, nor does it match the way Pershing is generally recorded as having dealt with the Moros in 1911. When they refused to obey Pershing’s order banning firearms by surrendering their weapons, his response was to draft a letter to the Moros expressing sorrow that his soldiers had to resort to killing them to enforce the order.

During a campaign rally in South Carolina, [Donald] Trump told his audience a story about General John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines. Trump said Pershing, in the early 1900’s, “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 out to describe a mass execution shooting of 49 of the prisoners, with the last one being sent to tell the others what happened. It was Trump using this “story” to demonstrate that America needed to get tough on terrorism, using brutal methods, and that he would be the man to do it.

But the story is not true. There was no mass execution led by Pershing. That is a rumor created on the Internet.

A Chicago Daily Tribune article from 1927 has a story where Pershing had prisoners from the Moro Rebellion in the Philippines. The Moros were Muslims who resisted American or any other occupying force.

The Moros had swordsmen, called Juramentados, who were killing Christians in this uprising. It had to be stopped. General Pershing was given this difficult task.

The Tribune article says Pershing sprinkled some prisoners with pig’s blood, which the Juramentados believed would condemn them for eternity. But then Pershing let the prisoners go. He issued a warning to others about being sprinkled with the pig’s blood. The Tribune article said “those drops of porcine gore proved more powerful than bullets.”

So, in conclusion, if you voted for this closeted Nazi who lies to benefit his own agenda, then I guess it makes you a lying closeted Nazi, too.

Make sure you tell your families and friends and employers.

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