Baffled Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a remark by President Trump that suggested that a terrorist attack had occurred in their country.
During a campaign rally on Saturday in Florida, Mr. Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe by citing a “terrorist attack in Sweden.” But there’s a problem: just like the Bowling Green Massacre, it never happened!
“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. Trump lied and created this fictitious attack to rally support around the Muslim Ban 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.
Trump’s administration is a quickly sinking ship, so he has reverted to the hateful propaganda and dishonest commentary-filled speeches that helped him win the Electoral College in November. Melbourne, FL was the latest stop on the ‘Trump campaign trail 2.0’ and it was there on Saturday night that Trump concocted a terrorist attack that never happened.