At his first campaign rally for reelection in 2020 (yes, wtf?), Trump implied there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden the night before.
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.
Through his slippery speech, he fear-mongered just as he did to get elected by a mindless populous who lack critical thinking skills.
Fortunately, there are plenty of people who are still plenty capable of calling him out for his bullsh*t and the internet exploded with mocking and ridicule. We all had a few laughs. However, these lies from the leader of the free world are not harmless and are far more serious than just providing us some really great punchlines.
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Trump has said he got his information about Sweden from Fox News and sure enough, a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight had aired on Friday which included Ami Horowitz’s documentary which featured an interview of two Swedish police officers who now say their words were edited out of context.
Satisfyingly though, there are a few people in the world willing to stand up and give serious rebuttal to the lies and manipulation currently pouring out of America’s right-wing.
Jacob Ekström and Anders Göranzon were the two police officers interviewed for Horowitz’s documentary. They spoke to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter to attempt to clear up the convoluted information. Ekström said:
It was supposed to be about crime in high risk areas. Areas with high crime rates. There wasn’t any focus on migration or immigration.
We don’t stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers. We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism.
Anders Göranzon added:
It feels like hell. The real questions should be shown along with our answers.
The newspaper reporter asked him if they would be doing anything to stop the news segment, for which he replied:
We just saw it. What can we do? One thing is talking to you. The excerpt they showed doesn’t say anything, we answered a different question. We don’t stand behind what he says. He is a madman.
And, there you have it. The men whose words were taken completely out of context by a documentary filmmaker and then used by the President of the United States for some trumped-up terrorist attack to feed into the cowardly notion that Americans must isolate themselves from the rest of the world for protection are calling out those who actually create fake news.
Thank you, officers. That’s how you actually protect and serve.