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This is Donald Trump’s “Terrorist Attack” in Sweden

This is Donald Trump’s “Terrorist Attack” in Sweden
February 19
12:05 2017

So what was Donald Trump’s “terrorist attack” in Sweden? The man fleeing police in his bar? The singer with technical problems?


In the midst of his Saturday campaign rally in Florida denouncing the “fake media”, Donald Trump justified an attempt to renew his Muslim Ban by implying that a horrible terrorist attack had just occurred in Sweden.

Only it hadn’t.

Sweden’s Aftonbladet responds:


U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech in Melbourne, Florida, Saturday evening.

While speaking about keeping America safe he mentioned the major terrorist attacks in Nice, Paris and Brussels – and in the same sentence he pointed out an unspecified event in Sweden Friday evening.

”You look at what happened last night in Sweden”, he said.

Mr President, here is what happened in Sweden Friday night:

3:24 PM (local time): A man set himself on fire at Sergels torg, a plaza in central Stockholm. He was taken to the hospital with severe burns. There is so far no information on his motives but the intelligence service is not part of the investigation.

6:42 PM: The famous singer Owe Thörnqvist had some technical problems during rehearsal for the singing competition ”Melodifestivalen”. (However, the 87 year old singer still managed to secure the victory the very next day.)

8:23 PM: A man died in hospital, after an accident in the workplace earlier that day in the city of Borås.

8:46 PM: Due to harsh weather in the northern parts of Sweden the road E10 was closed between Katterjåkk and Riksgränsen. Due to strong winds and snow in the region the Met office also issued an avalanche warning.

12:17 AM: Police officers initiated a chase for a fleeing Peugeot through central parts of the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The pursuit ended in police officers ramming the suspect at Engelbrektsgatan. The driver is now accused of driving under the influence, traffic violation and car theft.

In lighter news:

11:23 AM: Ok, let’s not be fake news, this story took place in the autumn, but was reported Friday before lunch and we thought you would like it. A wooden moose got the attention of a lovesick moose bull.

It all happened in 79-year-old Ove Lindqvist’s garden in Byske outside Skellefteå, northern Sweden.

”I thought it was going to start a fight, instead it humped the wooden moose thrice”, he said.

Singer Owe Thörnqvist — Apparently his technical problems were a “terrorist attack”

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv February 19, 12:35

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUod8yzzvvc
    Reporter corrects President Donald Trump over vote count claim

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  2. Ruth
    Ruth February 19, 17:24

    why don’t Americans get rid of this embarrassment to the US?

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