Trump encourages violence against Muslims after Barcelona attack

Trump encourages violence against Muslims after Barcelona attack

Trump encourages violence against Muslims after Barcelona attack

Shortly afterwards however he sent a rather more cryptic tweet, asking people to study the actions of John Pershing, a US Army commander active 100 years ago.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted her "thoughts and prayers" to Barcelona before the president condemned the attack.

During their call, Trump also extended his condolences to the victims and families of the attacks.

Another American suffered minor injuries in the attack, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Trump joined them in condemning the attack, initially saying the USA will "do whatever is necessary to help" and told Spaniards to "be tough and strong".

The president's tweet came hours after a driver crashed a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona, leaving many dead or injured. "Terrorists need to be identified and stopped before they are able to commit an attack", she said.

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Trump repeated the story on multiple occasions at campaign rallies in 2016, telling the apocryphal story of a violent response by Pershing to the acts of "50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people".

"This latest attack, the worst terror attack on Spanish soil since the 2004 Madrid train bombings, shows us again that radical Islamic terrorism is one of the greatest threats that we face in the world ..."

On Tuesday, he defiantly defended his decision to wait to condemn the hate groups by saying that "before I make a statement, I like to know the facts".

In a Twitter message, Trump instructed his 36 million followers to look to the example of General John J. Pershing, who is said, in stories circulating online, to have dipped bullets in pigs' blood to execute Islamic terrorists in the Philippines whose religion forbid contact with the animals.

However, the Time investigation references the History News Network which discovered a Chicago Daily Tribune article from 1927 describes Pershing sprinkling prisoners with pig's blood, then setting them free.

Snopes, a website that fact-checks internet rumors, declared it to be false. Be tough & strong, we love you!'

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He claimed Pershing then "had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people".

On the campaign trail, Mr Trump once told the same story, but that time he said there was no Islamist insurgency for 25 years, rather than 35.

Mr. Arnold's view was echoed by eight other historians who were interviewed by PolitiFact when Mr. Trump made his original claim. "Twenty-five years there wasn't a problem!"

Pork is forbidden in Islam, and the story is rooted in the idea that pigs' blood could be used as a weapon against Muslims.

Authorities in Manila later said it wasn't - it was a robbery gone bad involving a 42-year-old with a gambling problem who was deep in debt.

People flee in terror after the Barcelona van attack. His predictable bigotry is exactly what his base wants to see. They use the courts and associated delay at all times.

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