It's like Donald Trump has no off button or filter.
In a campaign season of outrageous statements and opinions, Trump decided to say something so shamefully disgusting that his “let’s build a fence around ‘Murica” comments now sound exceedingly liberal.
When Trump found himself in unfamiliar territory, having to talk about issues such as the Affordable Care Act and other policy issues, he fell back on his old standard of pulling out the most bigoted language ever. Trump favorably narrated a popular email chain letter of General John Pershing, who in World War II reportedly executed dozens of Muslims in Philippines with tainted ammunition by the way of dipping bullets in pig's blood.
Muslims are forbidden to have any contact with swine. According to a broad overgeneralization in the email, Muslims tainted with pig's blood believe they won't get into heaven — thus Pershing found a way to stop terrorism in the Philippines.
"He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people," Trump inoted. "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, okay?"
The lesson that this myth imparts according to Trump: “We better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we’re not gonna have a country, folks.”
There are so many things in this statement to be offended about, including the apparent in authenticity of Trump’s favorite nighttime story. But as a tweet pointed out, one could be Trump thinking Muslims are some radioactive cockroaches that could only be annihilated with the most twisted violence.
In order to kill Muslims you don't need bullets w pig blood or 'death X machines' or crosses or garlic. Regular weapons do the trick sadly.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 20, 2016
Trump also reiterated that he's pretty much OK with waterboarding.
"Is it torture or not? It’s so borderline. It’s minimal, minimal, minimal torture."
Maybe the GOP frontrunner would rather make the prisoners listen to his speeches on loop — that's torture enough.
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