Trump’s Florida Rally Exposes #FakeNews Media Fail in US, Sweden

On the heels of his triumphant press conference smackdown, President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Florida to reconnect to the people who elected him.  Touching on the issue of border control in his speech, Trump alluded to the trouble Sweden has experienced due to that country’s immigration policy with respect to Syrian asylum seekers:

‘You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,’ Trump said. ‘Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.’

Ironically, just days before Trump’s Florida rally, a Swedish court sentenced a 46 year old asylum seeking Syrian man to life imprisonment for his role in the “particularly cruel” mass execution of seven government troops in Syria in 2012.  After the shooting, Haisam Omar Sakhanh sought asylum in Sweden.

Fox News reported the court found that Omar Sakhanh was a member of the armed group Suleiman Company, a terrorist hit squad.  According to TRAC, the Terrorist Research & Analysis Consortium, the Suleiman Fighting Company is

an independent group (not part of the FSA) comprised of Islamic rebel units, and operating in northern Hama and Idleb provinces. Led by former drug smuggler and Salafi militant Abu Suleiman al-Hamawi.  The Suleiman Fighting Company is mainly active in the Idleb countryside’s Jebel al-Zawiya region, and in the Hama countryside, strongholds of Syria’s Islamist resistance. Abu Suleiman commands the loyalty of thousands of fighters, who have set up rear bases and bring provisions across the Turkish border. The Suleiman Company appears to be well funded, and it is reported to be attracting fighters rapidly. (emphasis added)

This conviction is just one example of the growing number of refugee crimes blamed on Sweden’s liberal immigration policy.

The Huffington Post reported that Donald Trump “appears to make up terror attack”:

President Donald Trump falsely suggested at a Florida rally Saturday that Sweden had suffered a terror attack the previous night.

HuffPo reproduced Former Swedish Foreign Minister’s tweet, revealed his ignorant assumptions in attempting to deride President Trump:

And it gets even better.

Ironically, Trump’s comment baffled not only the Swedish official but also the American mainstream media and the Swedish news media.  American media were quick characterize Trump as ignorant concerning Swedish terrorism.  They erroneously assumed Trump was referring to a specific act of terrorism instead of the growing crime rate perpetrated by asylum-seeking refugees to Sweden.

Reuter’s reported:

‘Trump’s reference appeared to confuse the Swedish government, which asked the U.S. State Department to explain what the new president meant. ‘We are trying to get clarity,’ Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said.’ . . .

Swedish news sources made no mention of a recent terrorism attack or other high-profile crime in the country. ‘Nothing spectacular happened in Sweden on Friday,’ wrote the Local, an English-language website in Sweden.

The Washington Post “fact checked” Trump’s remark concerning Sweden, concluding “[t]his was a very strange comment. Nothing had happened the night before in Sweden, as Swedes (including former prime minister Carl Bildt) quickly noted.”

NBC News ran with the headline “During Florida Rally, Trump Appears Make Up Terror-Realted Incident in Sweden“:

President Donald Trump, after a chaotic month of governing that included the botched roll out of his travel ban and being forced to fire his national security adviser, held a rally Saturday in which little was changed from the campaign trail. . . Trump then said, “look what’s happening last night in Sweden,” alluding to past terrorist attacks while critiquing Europe’s refugee policies. But the remark left Swedes scratching their heads, because no attack had occurred.

The Aftonbladet newspaper listed in English some events that had happened Friday in Sweden, including a man being treated for severe burns, an avalanche warning and police chasing a drunken driver.

Hours later, after the embarrassing media postings and Twitter storm, Time Magazine sought to clean up the media’s own erroneous talking points record by publishing a piece blaming Trump for the media’s laziness concerning the President’s remarks about Sweden:

The White House worked to clarify President Donald Trump‘s comments from Saturday, when he seemingly referred to an act of terrorism in Sweden the night before, saying he was in fact referring to a news report on rising crime in that country.

Apparently, like many low-information voters in America, many Swedes are no better informed than their government officials, preferring to ridicule the American president rather than learn about the Syrian criminal element introduces by its country’s immigration policies:

Other Swedes mocked Trump’s remark on Twitter using the hashtag #LastNightInSweden, posting pictures of reindeer, Swedish meatballs and people assembling the country’s famous IKEA furniture.

“#lastnightinsweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!” Twitter user Adam Bergsveen wrote.

These American and Swedish media meatballs are embarrassing themselves.  Without doing the two minutes of internet research necessary to find a Fox News report regarding Omar Sakhanh, these Make-Believe Media sites wrote their pieces attempting to mock the President.  Ironically they highlighted their own ignorance or inexcusable incompetence.  Either the Swedish government does not know what goes on in its own courts, the Swedish media is afflicted with the same #FakeMedia delusion which affects the American mainstream media, or they are all overpaid and very lazy.

Either way, what is truly sad is the media’s use of spin and misinformation surrounding the issue of immigration to further a global leftwing political ideology bent on one world government without borders.

Susan Swift

California PolitiChick Susan Swift is a lawyer, author, wife and one conservative mother of seven children. She is currently the Director of Outreach and Engagement at the Right to Life League, American's first pro-life organization. Susan is addicted to the politics of today and always looking out for her little ones' futures. Susan is tough as nails...proud Texan, loves Guns, Freedom, and her right to use Free Speech how she sees fit. And, as a former actress in Hollywood, she always has an opinion about the politics running that town. For more on Susan visit her website at Follow on social media @RealSusanSwift

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