UPDATED, Monday, 7 AM: President Donald Trump is not backing down in his attacks on the “FAKE NEWS” media. His latest tweet this morning –
PREVIOUS, Sunday, with Trump response President Donald Trump has explained his Sweden comment: He saw it on Fox. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” he’s just tweeted.
The president’s tweet came just minutes after CNN reported that White House deputy press secretary Sarah H. Sanders said Trump “was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general and not referring to a specific incident.” Sanders also said Trump “may have seen” the Fox News report, CNN said.
The barbs arrived on cue…
Previous, Sunday morning So what exactly happened last night in Sweden? Or more accurately Friday night, which is when President Donald Trump suggested during his rally in Florida yesterday that something terribly terroristic had occurred.
“Last night, we listened to Abba,” was one response coming from a country entirely unaware that it had been attacked.
Trump made the seemingly off-the-cuff remark during his Florida rally, carried live on the news channels, while discussing the impact of refugees on violence overseas. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” he said. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
The comment prompted a Bowling Green Massacre of Twitter mocking, with tweeters taking up imaginary arms. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt led the charge by asking “What has he been smoking?”
One of the more popular memes was a riff on IKEA’s famously simple – or at least international – how-to instructions:
Naturally, Alec Baldwin couldn’t resist:
Both Chelsea Clinton and Keith Olbermann referenced Kellyanne Conway’s now infamous (and fictitious) Bowling Green Massacre:
Even the Swedish Embassy has no answers:
But the sharpest responses came in a series of tweets from someone fast enough to grab the Last Night in Sweden handle.
So what did happen in Sweden? The likeliest explanation for Trump’s confusion is a Fox News Channel report that aired Friday during Tucker Carlson Tonight, which included an interview with filmmaker Ami Horowitz about immigration and violence in Sweden. In other words, “what happened last night in Sweden” is Trump-speak for “what I saw on Fox last night about Sweden.”
Or maybe, Republican Senator Rand Paul has an explanation. On ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos this morning, Paul said, “There was a New Year Eve altercation, I think, a year ago where there was quite a few things that were happening that did involve refugee populations. And I believe that was in Sweden.”