After President Trump’s rally on Saturday night, social media began buzzing with jabs about a non-existent terror attack in Sweden that he mentioned:
In breaking FAKE NEWS the Swedes have relesed this FAKE photo of their prime FAKE Suspect in Trump's FAKE SWEDEN TERRORIST ATTACK INCIDENT. pic.twitter.com/C6nB3igXeU
— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) February 19, 2017
As the media and his detractors are fond of parsing the president’s words, it helps to take a look at exactly what he did say:
For some reason, journalists are claiming that Trump referred to a nonexistent terrorist attack in Sweden. Let's go to the transcript: pic.twitter.com/w6wAxEsuus
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) February 19, 2017
The president never actually mentioned a terror attack there. It’s wholly unclear what prompted the “last night in Sweden” remark, but Trump is known for his extemporaneous, off-script style when giving speeches.
According to various media reports in Sweden, nothing extraordinary happened Friday night. The Washington Post reports:
If you believe Swedish media, Friday night was relatively uneventful. Among the most noteworthy headlines were reports that a popular Swedish singer had technical problems during a musical competition.
Despite Trump’s lack of precision as he began talking about Sweden, his remarks about problems there were not incorrect.
A little over a week ago, a veteran Swedish police officer came under fire from some quarters for publicly discussing the link between crime and the migrants in Sweden. London’s Express ran a synopsis of his translated remarks:
In a Facebook rant, Peter Springare said his post was not politically correct, but he did not care as he was soon retiring after 47 years of service.
Sweden has been hard hit to cope with unprecedented levels of crimes and incidents, as the National Criminal Investigation Service admitted last year that more than 50 areas were labelled as ‘no-go zones’ where police did not have control.
In the report, attacks on police officers were detailed, along with incidents of children carrying weapons, sex attacks and other violent crimes.
Taking to Facebook to share his frustration, Mr. Springare, who works as an investigator for the Örebro police, said the lion’s share of the crimes were committed by migrants.
Springare did provide specifics:
Continuing, he listed the suspects in the cases and the home counties of the alleged perpetrators.
Mr Springare wrote: “Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown, unknown country, Sweden.
“Half of the suspects, we can’t be sure because they don’t have any valid papers. Which in itself usually means that they’re lying about their nationality and identity. Now we are only talking about Örebro municipality.”
Documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently told Tucker Carlson that the Swedish government is covering up migrant crimes in an effort to appear humanitarian. From a separate Express article:
“From the onset of the refugee crisis, there was a surge in gun violence and rape – the statistics were clear.
“But locals were just said ‘it was men, not refugees’ so the majority in Sweden still want to have an open door policy. It’s confounding, really.”
He added: “The Swedish government try to cover up refugee rapes.
“There were a spate of violent attacks and sexual assaults at a music festival but officials tried to cover up who the perpetrators were.
“The government has gone out of its way to cover up these figures.”
While the media is intent on cherrypicking semantics in an ongoing effort to embarrass a president with whom they have a contentious relationship with, they overlook readily available evidence that the gist of his remark is true.