Trump Just Blamed Refugees For A Swedish Terror Attack And It Backfired In The Best Way

Last night, Trump implied that refugees had carried out a terror attack in Sweden on Friday during a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida. He even compared the fake attack to the horrific attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day, when a semi-truck ran over dozens of celebrating French. There was no attack in Sweden, and some news outlets were quick to point out that the last terror attack that occurred in Sweden was perpetrated by neo-Nazis who tried to kill refugees.

Three men who are associated with Nordic Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi group in Sweden, were arrested on February 2 for involvement in three attempted bombings between November and January.

The first bomb exploded outside of a cafe favored by far-left activists, although no one was injured. The second bomb failed to detonate after being placed in a campground housing refugees. The final bomb exploded in a refugee center injuring an immigration officer. Fortunately no one else was injured the perpetrators are now in police custody and unable to commit any more acts of violence.

Trump tried to paint refugees as violent threats to Swedish security to shore up his own characterization of refugees as extremists poised to destroy American society. Instead, in Europe at least, he drew attention to the violence refugees face even after they reach their country of asylum. Right wing terrorism is as much of a threat as radical Islamic terrorism and it is disingenuous and hateful to ignore one and focus exclusively on the other.

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Marisa Manfredo

Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.

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