At a rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday night, President Donald Trump ranted about the need to keep America safe from immigrants and refugees. (Inexplicably, the rally was hosted by his 2020 presidential campaign, which is apparently already underway.) He listed areas in Europe that have been devastated by Islamic State (IS) inspired terrorist attacks. During this part of his speech, however, he also included an unspecified event that supposedly happened in Sweden on Friday night.
Trump said, “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.”
Major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet was quick to call out Trump for fear mongering about a supposed attack when nothing of the sort actually happened. They published a list of all the major news stories in Sweden from Friday and not one involved a refugee committing an act of violence, much less a large scale attack worthy of being compared to the devastating Bastille Day massacre in Nice.
The most shocking headline was that a man committed self-immolation in the center of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. As tragic as this was, it was a public suicide, not an attack intended to harm anyone else.
Other headlines included a singer experiencing technical problems, a fatal workplace injury, bad weather, a car chase following an auto theft, and the story of a moose falling in love with a wooden moose statue in November.
There was no terror attack. Trump lied to shore up support among his followers for his controversial anti-refugee policies that specifically target Muslim refugees. He made a big deal over how shocking it was that Sweden experienced a terror attack. Perhaps it would have been shocking had it actually happened. For now Sweden remains safe and secure, despite offering asylum to desperate refugees fleeing a war that has cost them everything.
Watch Trump’s desperate fear mongering here.
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.