At Donald Trump’s campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump pointed to incidents in Germany and Sweden as a rationale for his executive order on immigration and refugees, or his “Muslim Ban”. Trump specifically pointed to an incident “last night” in Sweden.
“When you look at what’s happening in Germany, when you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden!” he said. “Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
This of course is a lie. There was no terrorist attack in Sweden on Friday night.
Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson told The Associated Press that the government didn’t know of any “terror-linked major incidents.”
Now Trump is explaining himself, as per usual, he’s passing the buck and blaming someone else, in this case Fox News.
Trump tweeted: “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
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
Of course, Twitter was quick to react:
— Mike Denison (@mikd33) February 19, 2017
@realDonaldTrump You said "last night in Sweden". Don't retract. You are fake news for the unintelligent.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 19, 2017
— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) February 19, 2017
— The Socialist Party (@OfficialSPGB) February 19, 2017
And this guy sums it up perfectly:
.@realDonaldTrump You should listen to security briefings instead of cable TV.
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) February 19, 2017