Trump Media Detractors Ignoring Democrat Promoter of Pershing Pig Story

By David Codrea

Even so-called “debunkers” have been forced to admit “strong evidence that United States forces used pigs as a tactic against Muslim insurgents.” But the media going after President Trump for his “Blackjack” Pershing tweet is still reacting like sharks to pig blood. (Library of Congress)
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Trump responds to Barcelona terror attack by spreading debunked rumor,” CNN is gloating. Joining in were The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and all the major players, including those that don’t even try to pretend being objective.

The president’s offense this time?

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump tweeted, following Islamist terror attacks in Spain. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!”

“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,” CNN and the others speculated. “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.”

And if anyone knows pigs, it's the Daily News.

Ergo, even though he didn't specifically say so and what he did say was correct, Trump must have been repeating a story declared false by both “progressive” Snopes and “progressive” Politifact, they conclude. Just like he did last year! Let the Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule commence once more?

While it’s true lack of verifiable sourcing makes passing on such stories problematic, it’s interesting to note how the “news” fabricators now reveling in another perceived exploitable embarrassment for a president they loathe are pretty quiet about one of their own who passed on the Pershing stories.

Where was the universal ridicule for former Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham? And why did Politifact intentionally omit his promotion of the story from its “Pants on Fire” assessment? That means they were calling Trump a liar instead of mistaken – even after subsequently admitting to “strong evidence that United States forces used pigs as a tactic against Muslim insurgents.” Which brings the combustibility of their pants into question.

Snopes at least relayed the Graham story:

Where was the ridicule for the Democrat Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee?

“Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham (D-Fla.) cited as an example a dinner he attended last week with people who work on intelligence issues and have connections to the intelligence community. The dinner conversation ranged in part on how U.S. military commander ‘Black Jack’ Pershing used Islam’s prohibition on pork to help crush an insurgency on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao after the Spanish-American War at the turn of the last century.

“In one instance, Graham explained in an interview, U.S. soldiers captured 12 Muslims. They killed six of them with ‘bullets dipped into the fat of pigs.’

“After that, Graham said, the U.S. soldiers wrapped the Muslim rebels in funeral shrouds made of pigskin and ‘buried them face down so they could not see Mecca. Then they poured the entrails of the pigs over them. The other six were forced to watch. And that was the end of the insurrection on Mindanao,’ Graham noted.”

Here's the other thing for all those gleeful at seeing someone embarrassed by a hoax — something that anyone can fall for, by the way. Per WikiLeaks, Dr. Larry Forness repeated the story in a document for his students that “was subsequently circulated within the US military.”

Who?

Forness is “a professor at the American Military University who has “nine degrees, including three doctorates and two law degrees, with over half the degrees obtained via distance education. He completed his undergraduate training at Notre Dame and his advanced degree and training from prestigious universities such as Duke University and UCLA. He also earned two Law degrees (JD and LL.M.). A former Marine, Dr. Forness provides classified consulting to U.S. Military Special Operations units. Specialties include unconventional warfare and intelligence.”

Why does this book, authored by a Rear Admiral, corroborate a pig deterrent?

Now it could very well be that Prof. Forness is wrong– he concludes by inviting readers to “verify it by any means you wish.” It would be appropriate if he either sourced his information or admitted he never did.

That said, seeing it repeated by a professor at AMU and the former Democrat Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds a bit more “gravitas” to this than just repeating an unsourced email from a pal. That none of those participating in the pile-on chose to acknowledge mitigating circumstances (assuming they even did the minimal checking to know about them) tells us much about the media and agendas.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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David

A copy of a Newspaper clipping of the day that had a photo of General Pershing along with the details of what the US Troops did to the Muslim Terrorists that day has been attached to emails and circulated over the internet for a while now … so the Story is probably True … because the News Media had Ethics back then, and the US Military was allowed to Fight to Win back then.

Ol' Vet
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Ol' Vet

That Commander in the Phillippines that performed that mission was Gen Leonard Wood, Medical Doctor turned troop Commander during the Spanish-American War of 1898, The story goes there were 50 muslime fighters captured by the American Army. Gen Leonard Wood ordered that 49 of those captured muslime be executed under the observation of the 50th member of the muslime unit. After the execution, the bodies of the muslimes were buried with the entrails of pigs, and the 50th member was released to return to his associates. THAT was the ending of the muslime (Moro) insurrection in the Phillippines claimed by… Read more »

Don W.
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Don W.

I can remember being told this story in Singapore at the tender age of 8 years old by a rubber planter who had lived in Malaya for ages.

Richard
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Richard

Islam, by law, is prohibited from US immigration The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. Islam does NOT mean peace, it means submit. Sharia Law and Muslim culture do not, cannot, and will not coexist peacefully alongside western society. The disastrous effects such a culture can have are exemplified by the ongoing violence in Sweden, Germany, France, and other nations that are struggling to cope with new migrant populations. WE ARE THE STUPID In 732 A.D., the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Richard, I agree with you, but the current Immigration Act does not preclude moslems. Thank Ted Kennedy and the democrat party.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Yes, it is pathetic that our government allows this. Last year my wife and I got TSA-Pre and in the half-dozen or trips since then we have been “randomly” selected for enhanced screening three times. One time I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, so the only thing for the TSA screener to “pat down” was my scrotum. I hope he enjoyed it. I now am just getting more angry at our government and Muslems for having made air travel so burdensome. We should just stop allowing Muslims to fly. I have had my background checked multiple times more than… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Heed, It is just the illusion of security. All of the governments are really good at regulating the law abiding, but can’t begin to control criminals.
We can not Constitutionally forbid moslems from flying because the 14th Amendment requires “equal protection” of the law once a “person” is within U.S. jurisdiction, but we don’t have to let moslems in in the first place. Or we could change the 14th Amendment word “person” to citizen.

tomcat
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tomcat

The moslems that are already here spend their time trying to change our country. What about building a mosque next to one of their terrorist sites? They have done that and our not so bright government allowed it. In the Detroit area they post billboards about killing us. The mouthy females go a rampage and scream at women’s marches and on their own, but they couldn’t do that in their own countries for fear of stoning or some other worthwhile punishment. They are here for one purpose and that is to overtake us. I think a one way boat ride… Read more »

Larry Brickey
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Larry Brickey

Much of what you say is correct. Islam is to submit to Allah, not to your local Imam. The first and most important Jihad is within one’s own self. Shariah law is already prohibited by the Constitution. Your early battles were an empire on the rise. Happens with each one. Romans, Persians Greeks, Mongols, etc. The terrorist acts are reprehensible. Our vetting process needs overhauling.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Larry, your comment about Shariah law is deceitful. Yes, our Constitution takes precedence in the USA, but just like our laws, it doesn’t mean it will be obeyed. Surveys of Muslims in the USA have shown, of course, that Muslims would follow Shariah law, if permitted. Based on some of the crimes, which rarely make national news, their are at least some that do follow Shariah law in the USA. As an example, last year a thief having been caught robbing a mosque, escaped before his hands were cut off, but not before his were cut by by the Muslims… Read more »

Metairieman55
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Metairieman55

Very good recitation of actual facts, Richard! We are “the choir members,” though if you catch my drift. After about fact #3 the non-choir members retreated to their “safe zones” to manipulate some play doh over a cup of camomile tea. They fear statues and words. You could just as well discuss shades of colors with a blind man but the blind man would at least have a clue!

DBM
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DBM

My mother told me this story. Her father served with Pershing.

Grim
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Grim

No secret that the Prez makes stuff up.

Robert Hartwig Jr.
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Robert Hartwig Jr.

So have every Democratic President to date. How do you tell if a politician is lying ?? His mouth is moving.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Making stuff up is how you get new or improved stuff. New or improves stuff is called progress and makes the economy go around. I think that your time, thoughts, and efforts are better spent thinking about helping the American people as a whole, rather than just the liberal, socialists, anarchists. What have you done to make things better today? How have you given of yourself?

DBM
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DBM

If you read the article he didn’t make it up. What a moron.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@DBM That is a good observation. If it is made up, then someone else, a long time ago, made it up. And good news everyone… Hillary is not your president!

Ricochet007
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Ricochet007

I remember Paul Harvey talking about Muslim terrorists hijacking trains overseas by just laying down on the tracks to make them stop, some would be martyrs but the train wouldn’t be able to run over all of them, there were too many. Harvey said they stopped this by greasing the tracks with pig fat. Maybe we should add pig-fat-spraying nozzles to airplanes and announce their purpose during the safety briefing … “In case of Muslim skyjacking, these nozzles will spray pig fat in a mist throughout the cabin” The reason it would work is that they don’t want to die… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

no secret that Obama was/is the Manchurain candidate….and it wasn’t made up…try some reading comprehension.

Oldshooter
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Oldshooter

Did you see the story about the Pope’s visit to Washington DC? President Trump took him boating on the Potomac and his hat blew overboard. They were calling up the boatload of SEALs to retrieve it, when Trump said “Don’t bother,” stepped over the gunwale, walked across the water and brought it back. Next morning the NYT, Washpo, CNN, and MSNBC all led with the headline, “Trump can’t swim!”
(For the more gullible among you, be advised this is a sarcastic joke)

M Reyna
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M Reyna

Old shooter. Your comment joke is so sad but true

Metairieman55
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Metairieman55

Yeah, well, if President Trump found the cure for cancer the MSM would blame him for intentionally overpopulating the world!

Tionico
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Tionico

Whenever Mr. Trump opens his mouth and words tumble out, there are some media and political hacks waiting to drive a truck through it. Yawnnnn…. I’ve heard a couple of these stories from a number of sources. Maybe its the equivalent of George Washington’s “chopping down the cherry tree”, or “throwing a silver dollar across the Delaware”, or Paul Bunyan felling a dozen big firs with one sweep of his axe. Or maybe its more along the lines of John Kennedy’s actions after the PT he was aboard was burned and sunk, and he saved the lives of some of… Read more »

martin
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martin

Whether or not the story is true makes no difference at this particular time in history. Oops, did I just say history? I guess someone has to destroy that story also.
Who cares how Captain Pershing ended the insurrection in the Philippines, it ended, and the story is part of military lore and that Nation gained its independence after World War II. I understand that independence had actually been scheduled prior to World War II, but was interrupted by the Japanese invasion.

Robert Hartwig Jr.
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Robert Hartwig Jr.

The story I heard back in the 60’s was that it was McArthur’s father that did that, So it goes when you trust the media to tell the truth about history. How do you know if CNN is lying ?? They are on the air.

tomcat
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tomcat

Anyone that relies on Snopes for accurate information is kidding themselves. You can’t get a much more progressive and looney left interpret of a subject.

I read an article the other day that said a group of muslim teens in Morocco went to the hospital and it was determined they all have rabies. The doctors questioned them about where they could have contacted this and it finally came out that they were all having s*x with a donkey and contracted it that way. I thought goats were their animal of choice.

VT Patriot
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VT Patriot

As usual, the lame stream media takes lying about historical FACTS to a new low. If our President Trump were to say that Geo Washington crossed the Delaware river on Christmas Eve to surprise the Brits, they’d start a story to claim that GW couldn’t swim, and it was the Brits that saved him from drowning and brought him to Trenton for tea and crumpets. That should work, the way history is taught nowadays in school. The poor kids in todays schools have no idea what really happened in that war either. The lame stream idiots are winning the war… Read more »

Albert
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Albert

Well, someone tell us what caused the Islamic ‘uprising’ on Mindanao to stop?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Albert, Firearms.

joe martin
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joe martin

Spain lost the war, the US won it and obtained the Philippines . The Muslims wanted to spread Islam across the Philippines and saw the change in power as an opportunity. No different than today. Same solution would still work.

M Reyna
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M Reyna

Since real bullets are actually made with pig
By products, I believe our military should only use pork laced ammo. But in today’s climate it’s not
Politically correct to do so. What a joke. It’s more politically correct to let innocents die at hands of terrorists than to use pork laced ammo

martin
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martin

There is a company in Idaho – Jihawg – that make ammunition laced with pork by-products. I’m not certain if they sell to the military and police/sheriff deparments or not, but they should.
Probably end the problem with jihadists in a big hurry!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@All, We don’t need to have porcine produced projectiles. Just spread the rumor.

oldvet
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oldvet

Another rumor to spread all marchers will be carrying squirt bottles of pig fat..

oldvet
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oldvet

Why make it a rumor, if you are going to a rally take along mustard and ketshup squirt bottles loaded with pig fat and or blood!!!!!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Old, Rumors are cheap psyops. Actually bringing that stuff is a chore, and waste of good pork fat.

oldvet
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oldvet

@WB…It would be fun to watch to see if ANTIFArts would implode when they found out what they had just been squirted with.

fishunter
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fishunter

Where did you get the notion that “real bullets are actually made with pig”? If you are aware of what bullets are made of, you would never say such a thing. Just bring me those baby back ribs!

The Hunter
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The Hunter

Just goes to show how much they hate Trump. They passed up a huge opportunity to showcase the supposed horrors of American colonialism. Not like all the examples they trot out of past evils have any factual basis or historical accuracy in the first place. This is hardly the first time that idea has come ’round, for crying out loud. There is more than one firearms product on the market touting porcine products of one sort or another specifically to exploit this superstition. None of them are so far as I know general issue, but there’s been plenty of claims… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

True or not, the president said it or not…it matters not. However, if our soldiers used the moslems’ own beliefs against the moslems, then it was brilliant psyops, and saved lives. Why are our ancestors so much smarter than we are?

VT Patriot
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VT Patriot

@WB Because our ancestors weren’t “politically correct”.

jim
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jim

Are we certain that PRESIDENT Trump was referring to pigs? While I don’t recall the pigs ( and I believe this was in Pershing’s memoirs) when the Muslims were captured, all were killed except for one; that last one was allowed to go back and tell of the summary execution of prisoners

BurtWard
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BurtWard

You obviously did not read Pershing’s autobiography