In February the US President made a seemingly confused reference to a non-existent terror attack when he told a rally of supporters: “We’ve got to keep our country safe … Look at what’s happening in Germany, look at what happened last night in Sweden. They took in large numbers [of immigrants], they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
The president was widely ridiculed because nothing of particular note – and certainly no terrorist attack – had happened the previous night in Sweden. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt mockingly asked: “What has he been smoking?”
Mr Trump later ‘clarified’ that he had in fact been referring to a Fox News item which included a clip from a film by a documentary maker who had said he wanted to “investigate why Sweden has become the rape capital of Europe” after admitting “over 350,000 Syrian refugees.”
Which only led to the rapid debunking of the claim that Sweden was the rape capital of Europe.
President Trump cites terrorist incident in Sweden that never happened
But within hours of the Stockholm attack claiming the lives of at least three people, Trump supporters were using social media to declare that the US president had been right all along.
Apparently ignoring Mr Trump’s backtracking that he had been referring to the rape, not terror threat in Sweden, his supporters claimed that he had prophetically “warned everyone”.
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