Islamists issue warning over Trump’s ‘pig blood’ comments

Trump was defending his support of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques. (File photo: Reuters)

A major Muslim civil rights group says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s telling of a discredited story about a U.S. general shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood could incite violence.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations National Executive Director Nihad Awad says in a statement that Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric has crossed the line from spreading hatred to inciting violence.”

Trump was defending his support of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques at a rally in South Carolina Friday night when he told the largely unsubstantiated tale of Gen. John Pershing allegedly halting Muslim attacks in the Philippines in the early 1900s by shooting them with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.

Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims and some other religious groups.