CNN's Jake Tapper calls out Trump's Barcelona response: 'He just suggested we should study a lie'
CNN's Jake Tapper (Screengrab)

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday blasted Donald Trump for reviving a fake story about an American general killing Muslim prisoners with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, noting “the President of the United States just suggested we should study a lie” when considering how to respond to terrorists.


In an apparent attempt to generate support for similar treatment of terrorists in the United States, Trump on Thursday responded to a deadly attack in Barcelona that killed at least 13 people by suggesting we “study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught.”

“There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” Trump claimed.

In a tweetstorm, Tapper responded to Trump’s claims, noting the president not only insisted on Tuesday he likes to “wait for the facts” before drawing conclusions about an event (“I know: it's not true,” Tapper wrote of that claim), but also shared a story for which there is “no evidence.”

“The President of the United States just suggested we should study a lie about dipping bullets in pig's blood to kill Islamic insurgents,” Tapper wrote.

Further, the CNN host compared Trump’s response Thursday with his sluggish reaction to a deadly domestic terror incident in Charlottesville over the weekend.