Trump References Sweden Attack, ABBA Jokes Ensue

'What has he been smoking,' asks former FM
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Trump References Sweden Attack, ABBA Jokes Ensue
In this 1980 file photo, the four members of the Swedish pop group ABBA hold Japanese oil paper parasols in a light rain in the Japanese garden of their hotel in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto)

"We’ve got to keep our country safe," opined President Trump at his rally Saturday in Florida. "You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? ... They’re having problems like they never thought possible," he said, comparing those problems to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice, and Paris. The comment was news to Swedes, reports the Guardian, who are engaging in some collective head-scratching over the decidedly non-existent attacks. "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," tweeted former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt. One tabloid listed the incidents that did in fact happen in Sweden on Friday, notes the AP, which included "a man being treated for severe burns, an avalanche warning, and police chasing a drunken driver."

Trump could have been confusing Sweden with Sehwan, Pakistan, notes the Guardian, where a suicide bomber struck on Friday, killing 85 people. The other possibility is an interview with documentary maker Ami Horowitz that aired on Fox News; Horowitz's latest film examines Sweden's crime rate and whether it's related to the nation's open-door policy toward refugees. Regardless, the internet was off to the races, reports Mashable, with #SwedenIncident trending and no shortage of jokes about ABBA, IKEA, and the occasional randy and/or drunken moose: "Four extremists responsible for #swedenincident are still at large, if you see these people phone @realDonaldTrump at once," tweeted one user beneath a photo of ABBA. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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