GOP Presidential candidate hails hoax story about shooting Muslim prisoners with bullets dipped in pig’s blood
WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–February 22, 2016 – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest anti-Muslim remarks endanger ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a rising wave of hate prompted by the billionaire businessman’s previous Islamophobic statements.
At a rally in South Carolina, Trump repeated the online myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines.
“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 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 wasn’t a problem.”
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence. By directly stating that the only way to stop terrorism is to murder Muslims in graphic and religiously-offensive ways, he places the millions of innocent, law-abiding citizens in the American Muslim community at risk from rogue vigilantes. He further implies that our nation should adopt a strategy of systematized violence in its engagement with the global Muslim community, a chilling message from a potential leader. We pray that no one who hears this message follows his gospel of hate.”
He said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the Paris terror attacks, the San Bernardino shootings and Donald Trump’s bigoted call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.
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