Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter early Sunday morning to mock President Donald Trump after the president insisted that a terrible terrorist attack took place in Sweden on Friday night.
“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Bildt tweeted.
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
Trump held what looked like a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday afternoon and used the event to stroke fears over terrorism caused by Muslims refugees. The president was attempting to defend his Muslim travel ban and cited the increase in terrorist attacks across Europe as evidence the US Courts must reenact his ban.
“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.”
Sweden joins a growing list of made-up terrorist attacks the president and his administration have been using to defend their Muslim travel ban. The administration has cited both the Bowling Green Massacre and a terrorist attack in Atlanta, both of which never took place.
The White House has yet to comment on the president’s claim, but like former Prime Minister Bendt, many people are taking to Twitter to mock the president’s remarks.
Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.