Trump described the late U.S. general John Pershing, a rough man. He then claimed, approvingly, that Pershing had summarily executed 49 Muslim prisoners during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines in the early-1900s and had added religious insult to the supposed killings by dipping the bullets in the bloods of pigs, which Muslims are forbidden to consume.
This was a terrible problem. They were having terrorism problems just like we do, he said. And he caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people. And he took the 50 terrorists and he took 50 men and he took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs blood. You heard that, right? He took 50 bullets! And he dipped them in pigs blood.
And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 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 wasnt a problem, OK? Twenty-five years there wasnt a problem.
He concluded by linking the story to present-day problems for a second time.
So we better start getting tough and we better start getting vigilant, and we better start using our heads or were not gonna have a country, folks, he said.