"Sweden Incident" Tweets Show A Troubling Trend

Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

When President Trump held a rally Saturday in Melbourne, Florida, the event may have been confusing to some. For one thing, the sitting president doesn't normally have a need for rallies, unless it's a re-election year. Yet the Trump administration reportedly classified Saturday's rally as a "campaign" event, even though Trump just celebrated his campaign's victory in November. Then, there was some confusion over current events, when Trump cited what happened the night before in Sweden. As the rally-inspired "Sweden incident" tweets show, no one is sure what happened in Sweden, but plenty of people know what to expect from Trump.

During the rally, Trump tried to use world events to demonstrate the ongoing threat of terrorism and refugees.

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. You look at what's happening Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world...

If you're wondering what happened Friday night in Sweden, you're not alone. Incidents like the bombings that occurred in Brussels last year receive the attention of the world over, but there has been no such attention paid to Sweden lately. Trump may say that's the media's fault, but Swedes themselves appear to have no knowledge of an attack on Friday. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt even joined in the Twittersphere's conversation about the so-called "Sweden incident."

What Has He Been Smoking

That awkward moment when Sweden has no idea what Trump is saying about it.

Flake News

"Flake News" would make a great name for a weather show. Trump should keep that in mind for a post-White House gig.


Preach, girl.


Speaking on behalf of all millennials who appreciate the convenience of an $8 coffee table: Don't bring Ikea into this.

The Culprit

Beware: He may be armed and dangerous.

Chef Shoots Ceiling

"We can't stand it anymore!"


Please note: This footage may be disturbing to sensitive viewers who are also pumpkins.

Largest Attack That Never Happened

If Trump is talking about it, of course it's the largest incident ever.

Meatballs Everywhere

Is it bad that I kind of wish this one were true?

Alternative Facts

Will the real Sweden please stand up?

Missing People

They were locked away by the Dancing Queen.

Swedish Fish

Serious question: How does Trump plan to prevent a Swedish Fish shortage?

Stand With Sweden

The Bowling Green references were incessant.

Sad News

Rest in peace.

Got Him

Even Chelsea Clinton had to join in.

Sweden, Atlanta, & Bowling Green

Do you see a trend here? It's a little scary.

What Happens In Sweden

Ah, so that's why no one knows what's going on.

The world can be a scary place — but is it as scary as the Trump administration says it is? Sweden may have its problems, as every country does, but to reference a particular incident on a particular night seems false. Perhaps what's scariest about the news of Sweden's incident is how commonplace these seemingly misleading reports have become within the Trump administration.