In a speech to supporters in South Carolina, Donald Trump praised a 'fake' story about a US general executing 49 Muslims using bullets dripped in pigs blood.
Trump alleged General John Pershing ordered the shooting of Filipino Muslim resistance fighters in the "early 1900s", MSNBC reports.
The Republican front runner said: "He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig’s blood
"And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people.
"And the fiftieth person he said: ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened’. And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem, okay?"
General Pershing was an US military leader in the early 20th century who led US forces in the First World War.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
This recurring myth about Pershing's tenure as military governor of the Moros region in the Philippines between 1909 and 1913 has been rebuffed by rumour busting website, Snopes.
According to Snopes, this story has been circulated widely in different forms on the internet since the 9/11 attacks.
To loud applause, Trump added: "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.
"By the way, this is something you can read in the history books. Not a lot of history books, because they don’t like teaching this."
A member of the crowd told reporters: "We need someone who can lead the country because people are scared to death.
"It’s only a matter of time before terrorists come and start chopping Christian heads off in the United States."Reuse content