NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 12:29 AM
Donald Trump finally offered some specifics about how he would deal with terrorists.
On the eve of the South Carolina primary the GOP presidential front-runner focused a rambling speech on an oft-repeated rumor about a World War I-era general dipping bullets in pig’s blood before shooting Muslims.
The orange-hued real estate mogul gleefully told supporters at a rally in Charleston, S.C., about U.S. General John Pershing executing dozens of Muslim prisoners in the Philippines.
Donald Trump’s foreign policy suggests may include dipping bullets in pig’s blood and bringing back waterboarding, a banned interrogation tactic.
“He took 50 bullets and he dipped them in pig’s blood,” Trump said. “And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. 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.”
There’s no evidence that the tall tale Donald Trump told — that General John Pershing brought about peace in the Philippines by executing dozens of prisoners — actually happened.
The story that Trump retold stemmed from a hoax spread via e-mail, according to rumor tracker Snopes.com, with no evidence it occurred.
But the flamboyant billionaire seemed to take inspiration from the tall tale.
“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,” Trump said to enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.
The over-the-top former reality TV star, who famously dodged the Vietnam War with student deferments and a bum foot, has made posturing on military issues and racist rants against Muslims keystones of his campaign.
Donald Trump has made posturing on military issues and racist rants against Muslims keystones of his campaign.
He also hinted Friday that waterboarding, a banned interrogation tactic that he has pledged to bring back against suspected terrorists, would be the least of his enemies worries.
Donald Trump — who dodged the Vietnam War with student deferments and a bum foot — has never actually fought in battle.
“Is it torture or not? It’s so borderline,” he said. “It’s like minimal, minimal, minimal torture.”
Trump went on to boast how fears of terrorism have boosted him politically, including in the Palmetto State, where he leads a most polls by double-digit margins, according to MSNBC.
“When Paris happened, everyone started saying, ‘We want Trump!’” he said. “The polls came in, 60 percent, 70 percent, 72 percent. This is 72 percent with 17 people running. Now we’re down to 6, we got rid of all these people. It’s so great. It’s so great.”