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The night before his South Carolina victory Donald J. Trump entertained the crowd with a celebration of an American war crime against Muslim rebels in the Philippines. As with so many Trump stories this one is apocryphal . When we defeated Spain we took its colonies - Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The Philippine- American war ensued (1899-1913). In the Moro Rebellion the U.S. faced bitter opposition on Mindanao from its people who were mainly Muslim. A myth developed that the colonial governor General John Pershing had ordered the mass execution of the Muslim prisoners of war. But, untrammeled by the need to verify any facts, Trump embraced the libel as fact. I'll let him take it from here:
in North Charleston the night before the South Carolina primary: “He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth 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?”
Trump added, "So we better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or we're not going to have a country, folks."
Trump says waterboarding is "minimal, minimal, minimal torture" compared with the tactics used by Islamic State militants.