Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt wants some of whatever President Donald Trump is having.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden!” Trump said at a Melbourne, Florida rally on Saturday evening. “They took in large numbers [of refugees], they’re having problems like they’ve never thought possible.”
The former Swedish prime minister, who served from 1991 to 1994, and who served an eight-year stint as Sweden’s minister for foreign affairs between 2006 and 2014, bluntly asked on his Twitter account, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.” Bildt also retweeted an image of Sesame Street’s “Swedish Chef” character, which a comedic account tweeted was the culprit behind the terror attack Trump referenced.
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
BREAKING NEWS. Swedish police have released picture of the man sought for the terror attack #lastnightinsweden #swedenincident #TrumpRally pic.twitter.com/MHYSkddnU7
— Neil Macdougall (@DougallChops) February 19, 2017
What President Trump appeared to be referencing in his first official 2020 campaign rally was an attack on a Swedish refugee center by neo-Nazis last month — which, while still a terror attack, was not committed by the people Trump accused. Three white supremacists were charged in the attack on the Gothenburg asylum center after a homemade bomb detonated, critically injuring one person.
Sweden’s official Twitter account, which is managed by a different Swede every week, tweeted that no terrorist attacks have occurred in Sweden at all.
And if anyone has missed it, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED IN SWEDEN! There is no terrorattack or anything of the sort.
— @sweden / Emma (@sweden) February 19, 2017
As of this writing, the Trump administration has now fabricated three terrorist attacks in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, and now Sweden. Neither Trump nor his surrogates have apologized for either one.
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