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The MSM Faces the Truth About Sweden

Every day since he began running for president, the international media have scoured Donald Trump's statements and actions in search of something to mock. One day last February, they fastened on an unscripted remark he made at a rally in Florida. “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” he told the crowd. “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.”

Trump went on to mention Brussels, Nice, and Paris, the sites of recent terrorist attacks. But the media zeroed in on Sweden, because Trump had made it sound as if something specific and terrible, some act of terrorism or Muslim gang crime or some such thing, had happened in that country the night before. As it happened, that was not the case. “There were questions,” reported the Guardian, “about whether Trump had confused Sweden with Sehwan in Pakistan, where more than 85 people were killed in a suicide bombing at the Sufi shrine on Thursday.” The Guardian also cited dubious Swedish statistics purportedly indicating that crime levels in Sweden had been stable for a long time.

As it turned out, Trump had been referring to an appearance on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program by filmmaker Ari Horowitz, who had discussed his documentary about the devastating impact of mass Muslim immigration on Sweden. But nobody in the mainstream media wanted to talk about that. No, they preferred to take the opportunity to present Trump as clueless and irresponsible. The New York Times ran articles two days in a row about his supposed gaffe, and claimed that everyone in Sweden had been “flabbergasted” by it. Swedish officials and journals had a particularly good time dismissing it. Former Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” The newspaper Aftonbladet jokingly provided a list of some not-terribly-earthshaking events that had taken place in Sweden on the night in question. For example: “Due to harsh weather in northern parts of Sweden the road E10 was closed between Katterjakk and Riksgransen.”