UPDATE: President Donald Trump has published two tweets regarding his statements on Sweden's "problems" at an airport last weekend, which stirred confusion.
The comments reportedly stemmed from a Fox News broadcast on the detriments of allowing in refugees.
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017
Considering the conservative media outlet is Trump's No. 1 source of news, this comes as absolutely no surprise.
President Donald Trump is in combative mode.
More recently, Trump has received a lot of backlash for his anti-immigration stance. And in response, Trump and his representatives like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, are making up terror attacks by refugees to justify the xenophobic ban.
This weekend, as he addressed throngs of supporters in a hangar at the Orlando-Melbourne airport, Trump reminded the audience of the catastrophe that Sweden was subject to on Saturday night.
Just to reiterate: There was NO terror incident in Sweden last night.— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017
But Fox talked about Sweden last night. pic.twitter.com/XtcC4PRiNU
“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
The problem is, nobody quite understands what Trump was talking about. The country had a rather uneventful night, and the citizens were bewildered by Trump's claims.
No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not ben any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest. ->— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017
This is, obviously not the first time the Trump administration has made up a terror attack.
Trump's White House has now made up three terrorist attacks to sell their #MuslimBan— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) February 19, 2017
1. Bowling Green
However, Trump may be on to something here. The night before, Fox News had dedicated an entire slot to discussing an alleged crime rise in Sweden after the country opened its door to refugees. The Tucker Carlson show had aired a documentary the night before about this rise in crime, although the documentary did not mention any specific incidents in the recent weeks.
turns out "what happened last night in Sweden" actually just means "last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden" pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017
Looks like Trump, who recently blasted CNN and other media outlets for spreading fake news, had fallen asleep while watching the show and woken up with distorted memories.
That's the charitable explanation, at least. The other distinct possibility: Trump has zero regard for the truth, as long as his lies serve his political purpose.
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