President Donald Trump attempted to explain remarks he made at a Florida rally over the weekend about something ominous happening “last night” in Sweden. In a statement posted to his personal Twitter account, the president said he obtained his information from a Fox News broadcast.
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
“We’ve got to keep this country safe,” Trump had told his supporters. “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.”
The Fox News broadcast in question was a segment on anchor Tucker Carlson’s show on Friday night, which included a clip from a new film by Ami Horowitz that claims migrants in Sweden have caused the nation’s crime rate to skyrocket. “They oftentimes try to cover up some of these crimes,” Mr. Horowitz said, arguing that those who voice their concerns are decried as racists and xenophobes. He then notes that Sweden “had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago” and says the nation has only gotten a “taste” of the migrant crisis which has been a point of contention across much of Europe. (Horowitz referred to a suicide bomber’s attack in Stockholm in 2010, but that attack took place before the current migrant crisis.)
The Swedish policemen that were interviewed by the filmmaker (an alarmist political movie called Stockholm Syndrome) said the filmmaker asked them questions but then used their quotes out of context. The police statements were what Carlson had featured on Fox News. Said one of the Swedish policemen of the ‘news’ segment, ”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.”
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