Sunday, February 19, 2017

A new Trump lie: ‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a vague remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.

During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.

“You look at what’s happening,” he told his supporters. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”

Not the Swedes.

Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday — or Saturday, for that matter — and Swedes were left baffled.

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Trump did not state, per se, that a terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden.

But the context of his remarks — he mentioned Sweden right after he chastised Germany, a destination for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and deprivation — suggested that he thought it might have.

“Sweden,” he said. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris. We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe.”

Contrary to Mr. Trump’s allegations, nearly all of the men involved in terrorist assaults in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, in Brussels on March 22 last year, and in Nice, France, on July 14, were citizens of France or Belgium.

As the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet noted, Twitter users were quick to ridicule Mr. Trump’s remark, with joking references to the Swedish Chef, the “Muppets” character; Swedish meatballs; and Ikea, the furniture giant.

Others speculated that Mr. Trump might have been influenced by a Fox News interview of Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who asserts that migrants in Sweden have been associated with a crime wave, by the correspondent Tucker Carlson. “They often times try to cover up some of these crimes,” Mr. Horowitz said, arguing that those who try to tell the truth about the situation are shouted down as racists and xenophobes.(Mr. Carlson interjected, “The masochism of the West knows no bounds at all.”)

Mr. Horowitz said, “Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago, so they’re now getting a taste of what we’ve been seeing across Europe already.”

It was not clear what he was referring to. In 2010, a suicide bomber struck central Stockholm, injuring two people. The bomber, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, was an Iraqi-born Swede who had developed an affinity for Al Qaeda. But that attack occurred long before the current wave of migrants fleeing war and deprivation.[...]


  1. Gotta wonder if he's hoping to be declared mentally unfit, or whether he is.
    Regardless, in his own tweeted words, "Sad!"

  2. He probably was talking about this,

  3. no he wasnt'. That was not something that happened the night before the rally.

    Trump said it was in regard to a Fox broadcast dealing with violence over the last few years. It had NOTHING to do with an incident that happened the night before. In short he said something which wasn't true

  4. Uh huh. So every time he makes a mistake he needs to be torn asunder. Gee, why didn't you say anything for eight years about every Obama lie?

  5. Not my line, but worth sharing:
    "The victims of the Bowling Green Massacre stand with the people of Sweden."
    More seriously, perhaps he should be more focused on the 31 people killed in America over the weekend in gun violence.

  6. we are not talking mistakes - we are talking about systematic ignoring of reality and insisting that whatever he wants to be is true
    Obama can't be used as a justification for Trump's embarrassing incompetence as president and as a human being

  7. You give Trump far too much credit. He is not the first person to MISTAKE when the subject a TV report talked about actually occurred as he explained regarding the Fox news report. on Sweden. Obama & Clinton on the other hand DELIBERATELY repeated a false story about a video causing the deaths in Benghazi. The media fawned all over the kushi when he took office 8 years so they wouldn't be called racist while Trump is fair game for the vilest slander over the even the smallest foible because he is a wealthy white male.

  8. we are not talking about small foibles - we are talking about repeated and significant lies and distortions as well as the inability to correct them

  9. "Migrants fleeing war and depression..." LOL Rabbi, You support this characterization and you think it's ok? You think what Sweden and France have become are just a ok, and should happen to america? Well Gee I forgot, you dont live in America anymore so why would you care what happens here. The majority want extreme vetting. The majority are AGAINST illegals no matter what romanticized names you call them. Every poll shows that. People have a good reason not to want to become like Europe (I see they didn't mention here the mass-rapes in Germany???), and Trump is giving voice to that.

    Btw an economic migrant is not a refugee. And most of these men of fighting age are not either.

  10. If you think people want middle east migrants flooding the country, you are ignoring reality and what is true about American voters.

  11. No one is saying they should
    The question is Trumps competence in dealing with the issue!

  12. You are not paying attention to what the discussion is about
    Try reading carefully instead of guessing


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