Did You Hear The Alt-News About Sweden?

Did you hear about the terrorist attack on Sweden last Friday?  If we had waited for the mainstream media to tell us about it, we still wouldn’t know.  But, since according to Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, we should get all our news directly from Trump, we now know about the attack.  Thank you, Donnie T. for the enlightenment!  Only one problem … there was no terrorist attack on Sweden on Friday … or any other time, for that matter.

For some reason, unbeknownst to mankind, Trump continues doing campaign-style rallies wherever he goes.  I suspect to keep the masses fired up with enthusiasm and as a venue to toot his own horn, since not too many people are tooting it for him these days.  So, on the taxpayers dime, he goes around spewing and spouting to crowds of thousands who are still goo-goo-eyed over him (for a reason that is beyond my comprehension).

At one such rally on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida, he spoke in an airplane hangar to a crowd of some 9,000 people.  Wait … there are 9,000 people in Florida willing to waste time on a Saturday listening to Trump?  What the …. ????  Anyway, he was doing his usual rant about the press,

“Life is a campaign. Making our country great again is a campaign. For me, it’s a campaign. To make America great again is absolutely a campaign. It’s not easy, especially when we’re also fighting the press. When the media lies to people I will never ever let them get away with it. We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live and what to believe. We are free, independent people and we will make our own choices.”

He then reiterated that the press is dishonest, that he inherited a “mess”, and that the White House is running “so smoothly”.  He continued to criticize the judges who refused to fall under his spell and reinstate his travel ban.  And then came the kicker …

“We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, 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. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.”

There was no attack in Sweden, and the only such incident I can find record of was in 2010 when a suicide bomber injured two people.  The bomber was a Swede.

Sweden, meanwhile, had some fun with Donald’s faux pas.

  • “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister.
  • “Due to harsh weather in northern parts of Sweden the road E10 was closed between Katterjakk and Riksgransen” and “a man died in hospital, after an accident in the workplace earlier that day” – Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper responded, were the biggest “crime” stories of the day.
  • “OK let’s not be fake news, this story took place in the autumn, but was reported Friday before lunchtime and we thought you would like it. A wooden moose got the attention of a lovesick moose bull.” – Aftonbladet
  • Another Twitter user posted a picture of famous Swedish export Abba, writing: “Four extremists responsible for #swedenincident are still at large, if you see these people phone @realDonaldTrump at once.”

Just for some perspective here, there were 112 reported cases of lethal violence in Sweden in 2015, an increase of 25 cases over the previous year.  Not terrorism, just your run o’ the mill rape, robbery, etc. Sweden has a long history of welcoming refugees — Jews, Iranians, Eritreans, Somalis, Kurds and people from the former Yugoslavia, among others.

In an essay in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the journalist Martin Gelin speculated that “Trump might have gotten his news from the countless right-wing media in the United States that have long been reporting that Sweden is heading for total collapse. Among Trump supporters, there are common myths that Sweden is in a state of chaos after taking in refugees from the Middle East. These are incorrect, made up and gravely misleading news items like this have spread to right-wing sites like Breitbart, Human Events, Drudge Report and Fox News, as well as the popular conservative radio programs that reach millions of listeners every day.”

And so, Trump himself joins the ranks of his minions Kellyanne Conway (the non-existent Bowling Green Massacre) and Sean Spicer (the Atlanta terrorist attack, repeated 3 times, where he obviously meant to say Orlando).  And yet, he complains about the “dishonest media” and “fake news”. I don’t get it … I just don’t get it.

30 thoughts on “Did You Hear The Alt-News About Sweden?

  1. A far right party has a youth section and there’s a kid that wrote two articles for Breitbart. That’s what started it and made Sweden so “bad”. It’s sad, really.
    And JackCollier7: I was armed in military – not since. 🙂
    Regards from a very snowy and cold northern Sweden

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  2. Pence says Trump reserves the right to call the press on the carpet. Well they reserve the right to call him on the carpet. He needs to get daily briefings where he can at least hear the facts of what is happening in the world. He gets his inane stories from Alex Jones, Breitbart and the like plus Fox News whose veracity is very inconsistent.

    As President, he has the right to make decisions and offer guidance, but he should at least do it with real information and not his campaign rhetoric. But, that is a pipe dream thus far. By far, police officers say the biggest terrorists threats in the US come from anti-government groups. Yet, fighting those terrorists will get less funding as we provide more funding to address Islamic extremists (who are already here, by the way).

    It is hard to make us safe, when he does know who the larger number of boogeymen are.

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    • He is still, in his mind I think, on the campaign trail. He still believes he calls all the shots and that this whole thing is a popularity contest. Why else is he still conducting campaign-style rallies like the one in Florida on Saturday? I agree that he needs to be getting his info from experienced and knowledgeable advisors, but he seems to have few of them left also. Terrorism from the Middle East is the least of our worries at the moment.

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  3. Dear Jill,

    The Swedes are making hey day over the president’s faux pas, as well they should. He is the perfect example of the “ugly American.”

    Every time I listen to him and his followers, I have to pinch myself. I keep asking what planet I am on.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. I don’t know how you retain your sanity having to sift through this mess every day and look for the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m reliably informed that light is the 7.20 pm Express to Cuckoo Land.
    xxx Ginormous Hugs xxx

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    • Sanity???? What sanity???? Some days it takes a toll and I have to step back, but mostly I am tough and I just deal with it … it’s too important to ignore. And yes, your source was correct about the light at the end of the tunnel! Hugs, dear David! 🙂

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  6. Unfortunately, I am now reading Ken Follett’s second book in his trilogy series. This one starts with the lead up to WWII in Germany. I already knew the parallels were scary, but let me repeat, the parallels are scary. It was the popular support for Hitler that was so improbable and so terrible. This is just the same with little donald. It his true believer, zealous supporters that are so dangerous, and so reflective of the people who supported Hitler.

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    • I have made the comparison many times, and the more I see, the more I believe the comparison is an apt one. Yes, there are some differences between 1930s Germany and 21st century U.S., but there are also similarities in the two men that cannot be overlooked. And the lemmings that cannor or will not see what is right in front of their eyes. By the way … I read that Ken Follett trilogy a couple of years ago and loved it!

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  7. Yep, everyone is laughing their heads off here about “the Swedish thing” … It does not add credibility, to say it kindly. If he was a normal person, he would be too embarrassed to show his face in public for the next few days, but I guess that is too much to hope for.

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