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Trump Invokes Gen. Pershing for genocide

Donald Trump cites dubious legend about Gen. Pershing, pig’s blood and Muslims | PolitiFact – 2016 |

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised eyebrows during a recent rally when he offered a counterinsurgency parable from more than a century ago that featured United States Army Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing.

During a Feb. 19, 2016, rally in North Charleston, S.C., Trump referred to an anecdote from the aftermath of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, when the United States sought to exert its authority over the Asian archipelago, which it had recently obtained from Spain after winning the Spanish-American War.

After taking the reins of power from Spain, the United States faced armed opposition, and the three-year war led to the deaths of more than 4,200 American combatants, more than 20,000 Filipino combatants, and as many as 200,000 Filipino civilians, according to the State Department.

After the war, Pershing served as governor of the heavily Muslim Moro Province between 1909 and 1913. This period was notable for its continuing insurgencies.

Filipino Muslim (Moro) Terror – Abu Sayyef Group  

Atrocities by U.S. forces–the torching of villages, the killing of prisoners (1902) | The New Yorker |

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