A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen.
Of course, Twitter had a field day over the comment, given that President Trump had recently targeted mainstream media over fake news on Thursday. One user Grapey @Grapeykins said, “Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a well,” according to a report.
Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, who saw this tweet, then retweeeted the same and created the #MakeBiscuitDryAgain trend, parodying President Trump’s #MakeAmericaGreatAgain campaign.
The Bowling Green Msssacre trend became popular after President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway told that two Iraqis who came to the US and had been radicalised “were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre”. Fact-checkers quickly pointed out that no such massacre took place. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill and defeated candidate Hillary, described it as “completely fake”, tweeting: “Please don’t make up attacks.”
Earlier, President Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten US borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
No incident occurred in Sweden and the country’s baffled government asked the US State Department to explain. President Trump, however, clarified his statements on Twitter.
The event also baffled the Sweden residents and others on Twitter as nothing unusual had happened in the country. So much so that even former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt took to social media to express his amusement.
Of course, Twitter was relentless and hasgtags like LastNightInSweden and PrayForSweden emerged on Twitter that made jokes about what Trump might had been referring to.
However, The White House has said Donald Trump was speaking about general “rising crime” when he seemed to describe a non-existent terror attack in Sweden on Saturday night, as the president defended his ideas about banning refugees and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Sarah Sanders, the principal deputy press secretary for the White House, told reporters a few minutes before his tweet that Trump had been “referring to a report he had seen the previous night”.
“He was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, and not referring to a specific incident,” Sanders said.