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COMMENTARY: Trump Lets Swedish Cat Out of the Bag

If you were wondering what new falsehood the media would cook up about President Trump, you didn’t have long to wait. Warning about the danger of open borders, Trump—at a rally in Florida—criticized European refugee policies and cited a list of countries where terrorist attacks and immigrant unrest have become commonplace. Notable among those countries, said Trump, is Sweden:

“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. We’ve allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country and there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we’re going to keep our country safe.”

CNN wasted no time in striking back. Deliberately ignoring the import of Trump’s statement, CNN alleged that, “No such attack has occurred in Sweden. Trump’s remark is the latest misplaced reference to a terrorist attack or incident by those in his White House.” They quoted the Swedish government, which has responded as though their country has no problems with immigration. Carl Bildt, former Swedish prime minister, tweeted, “Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking?” In the New York Times, this item appeared: “Nothing particularly nefarious happened in Sweden on Friday—or Saturday, for that matter—and Swedes were left baffled.”

So the question is: Has Trump been smoking funny cigarettes or is he correct that Sweden has a serious problem with its borders? Trump’s comment may have been related to a Fox News story on the Tucker Carlson show that linked an exponential increase in Swedish violent crimes to that country’s liberal taking in of “asylum seekers” from the Middle East and Africa. “There was an absolute surge in both gun violence and rape in Sweden once they began this open door policy,” said journalist Ari Horowitz in response to Carlson’s questioning. Despite Sweden’s generous benefit programs for immigrants, he said, “they have no-go zones—areas where cops won’t enter because it is too dangerous for them. Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago so they are now getting a taste of what we have been seeing across Europe.” The Swedish government, Horowitz added, is purposely covering up the perpetrators of migrant crimes. Swedes who try to tell the truth are shouted down as racists and xenophobes.

FrontPage Magazine concluded this about Sweden:

“With a major increase in rape cases paralleling a major increase in Muslim immigration, the wages of Muslim immigration are proving to be a sexual assault epidemic by a misogynistic ideology. Statistics now suggest that one out of every four Swedish women will be raped.”

British political commentator Pat Condell has called Sweden “the insane asylum that used to be a country.” The problem, he says, is that:

“Mass Islamic immigration has turned Sweden from one of the world’s safest countries for women into the rape capital of Europe and is forcing Jews who have lived there for generations to pack up and leave because they no longer feel safe from attack by Muslim immigrants. Everybody in Sweden knows this is happening but they pretend it isn’t because they are terrified of being called Islamophobes and racists.”

“We are witnessing the open theft of an entire country,” says Condell. “Will Sweden be the first European Islamic state?” he asks. “Now it’s only a matter of time.”

All right, if you want to nitpick, Trump misspoke when he said “last night.” Clarifying his statement, a White House spokesperson said Trump did not mean to say “last night” but was referring to the general rise in immigrant-related crime in Sweden. To suggest that Trump is wrong is to ignore the plain facts. Since when has that stopped our deceitful mainstream media?


Ed Brodow

Ed Brodow is a political commentator, negotiation expert, and author of Tyranny of the Minority: How the Left is Destroying America. www.brodow.com

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