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 – -( “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.”


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.

  • 43 thoughts on “Trump Media Detractors Ignoring Democrat Promoter of Pershing Pig Story

    1. 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.

      1. 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 the United States.
        It was not Gen Pershing but Gen (Doctor) Leonard Wood, who commanded Lt Col Thedore Roosevelt in the fight in Cuba.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.
      In 732 A.D., the Muslim Army, which was moving on Paris, was defeated and
      turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.
      In 1571 A.D., the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and
      Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern
      Europe in the Battle of Lepanto.
      In 1683 A.D., the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was
      finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian
      This nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years! The sad thing is that
      more than half of all politicians do not even know any of this.
      If these battles had not been won, we would most likely be speaking
      Arabic. And Christianity could be non-existent. Judaism certainly would
      not exist!
      Reality check: A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality
      that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to
      What about the forgotten War that changed American History; R third President,Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, we were just coming out of war debt with President Washington & already challenged by the Muslims, capturing R ships off the Barbary Coast, taking prisners…tortured, treated as slaves for several years.
      Think back: The following events are true historical facts. It has been
      many years since 1968, but history keeps repeating itself.
      1. In 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by a *Muslim* male.
      2. In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, Israeli athletes were kidnapped, tortured and
      massacred by*Muslim* males.
      3. In 1972, a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo
      where a fuse was lit on final approach. Shortly after landing, it was
      blown up by *Muslim* males.
      4. In 1973, a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome – with 33 people killed
      – when it was attacked with grenades by *Muslim *males.
      5. In 1979, the United States Embassy in Iran was taken over by
      *Muslim *males.
      6. During the 1980s, a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by
      *Muslim *males.
      7. In 1983, the United States Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by
      *Muslim *males.
      8. In 1985, the cruise shipAchilleLauro was hijacked, and a 70-year-old
      American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by
      *Muslim *males.
      9. In 1985, TWA Flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a United States
      Navy diver – who was trying to rescue passengers – was murdered by
      *Muslim *males.
      10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by *Muslim *males.
      11. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed for the first time by
      *Muslim *males.
      12. In 1998, the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were
      bombed by *Muslim *males.
      13. On 09/11/01, four airliners were hijacked. Two of the planes were
      used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers. One plane crashed
      into the United States Pentagon, and the other plane was diverted and
      crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by *Muslim *
      14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against
      *Muslim *males.
      15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by – you
      guessed it – a *Muslim *male. (Plus two other American journalists who
      had just recently been beheaded.)
      16. In 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing resulted in four innocent
      people, including a child, being killed and 264 other people injured by
      *Muslim *males.
      No, I really do not see a pattern here to justify profiling. Do you?
      So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone – particularly fanatics
      intent on killing us – airport security screeners will no long be allowed
      to profile certain people.
      So, ask yourself: “Just how stupid are we?!?!”
      Have Americans completely lost their minds or just their “power of
      reason?” Or liberal Professors, teachers dumbing down R children of R history?
      As the writer of the award winning story “Forrest Gump” so aptly put it,
      “Stupid is as stupid does.”
      You now have the opportunity to send this on to other email contacts.
      Please do that.
      As Barack Obama said in his book: “Nothing sounds as beautiful as the
      Muslim evening prayers from the tower.”
      In God we trust…

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

      2. 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 most criminals due my jobs, passports, TSA-Pre, CC permit and renewals, and firearm purchases. It’s such a joke and so pointless. If I haven’t been a security risk in over 50 years, it’s not likely that I will be failing a background check now.

        And recently after going through Customs, I forgot about a bottle of water I had put in my carry-on before I got to the TSA screening to catch my connecting flight. The bottle made it through the screening undetected. That reminds me about the pocket knife my wife had in her pocketbook for several years before TSA found it. Security… Yeah.

        1. @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.

          1. 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 is in order to benefit God and Country.

      3. 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.

        1. 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 that caught him, one I believe was the imam.

          Then there have been reports of female genital mutilation of young Muslim girls.

      4. 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!

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

      2. 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?

        1. @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!

          1. 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 an “unclean” death or be similarly defiled after death. I guess you could also pass out squirt guns filled with liquified hogfat to all the passengers to serve the same purpose, that way you wouldn’t have to retrofit the planes themselves. If someone turned down the squirt gun, you’d know on whom to keep an eye.

    4. 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)

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

    5. 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 his shipmates.

      No matter. Trump said it, to it is wrong. And he is morally corrupt for saying it. Remem=ber the kerfuffle they made over the hot mic recording of his locker room talk from decades back? He WAS correct in stating that there are some females silly/stupid enough to “do anything” to”score” a celebrity. Some did not approve of the “details” with which he embellished that statement. I am one of those, but the underlying truth remains true.

      And THEY talk about “hatred” and “intolerance” of their designated deplorables du jour

    6. 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.

      1. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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 so far. But, some of us, older gents and ladies are armed to the teeth, and will exercize our 2A rights without politically correct restraint. We’ve about had it.

      1. 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.

    9. 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

      1. 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!

        1. 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!!!!!

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

      2. 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!

    10. 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 they are used by at least some troops.

      True or not, the story of Pershing ordering bullets dipped in pig’s blood or burying executed juramentados buried with pigs is everywhere, but then so are accounts of the tactics and strategy he used to put down the rebellion. Entirely possible that is what Trump had in mind, and also quite possible that example has been brought up in briefings by his military staff. They ARE, after all, students of military history, as well as heirs to the military traditions Pershing had a vast influence on.

    11. 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?

    12. 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

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