After tepid response to Charlottesville, Trump goes off after Barcelona terror attack

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President Donald Trump issued an explosive statement against "Radical Islamic Terror" just hours after an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday left at least 13 people dead. "And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs" blood - you heard that, right? All were skeptical that these events ever happened.

"Pershing on Trump: 'An incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops, '" conservative editor Bill Kristol posted, adding that the President should personally apologize to the general's gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery.

"They had tremendous Muslim terrorism-tremendous at 1918".

Lacking more specifics, it is not certain Trump is referring to the same story he gave in February 2016 in his latest tweet - but the allusion to it in the wake of the fatalities in Spain has drawn severe criticism.

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His comments came shortly after more than a dozen people were killed on Thursday in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona.

"Republicans might like to say that guns don't kill people, people kill people - but pig's blood doesn't kill Muslims or send us straight to hell, as some bigots reportedly believe", Moghul wrote. "Very similar to what's happening today".

Downtown's Pershing Square is named for General John J. Pershing, an early 20th century U.S. Army general decorated for his service during World War I. He's also the unfortunate subject of a widely discredited myth about his odious treatment of Muslim "terrorists" sometime during or after the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902.

Among them: "A pig's head was thrown at a Philadelphia mosque in December". Shot each man with a bullet that was covered with pig's blood. They gave him his bullet and said "You go back and take this bullet back'". When he recited this false historical incident on the campaign trail he would claim it solved the problem of Islamic terrorism for 25 years. Trump used this fake news repeatedly during his presidential campaign, to the applause of the anti-Muslim bigots in the audience. "Okay? Twenty-five years, there wasn't a problem", Trump said. Snopes first debunked the story more than 15 years ago, and subsequent updates to the publication's fact-checking article have also suggested that the mass execution supposedly spearheaded by Pershing is nothing but a "rumor created on the internet", and that the general had actually favored peace talks with the Moros, as opposed to violent solutions.

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Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, where a similar attack took place last summer responded to the vile attack on Twitter . There were separate reports that a suspect had been arrested, but it was not clear whether this referred to the same person.

A pig is an unclean animal in the Muslim faith, and killing or burying someone with pig blood would be seen as a horrific insult and perhaps even preventing access to Heaven, Time reported in 2016.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that before he makes a statement on an important matter he likes to "know the facts" and "be correct".

Police in Catalonia had confirmed that an arrest had been in the attack shortly before Trump tweeted, though no motive for the attack had been offered.

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