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.
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
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
That awkward moment when Sweden has no idea what Trump is saying about it.
What happened in Sweden last night was that it snowed. Total FLAKE news! pic.twitter.com/6teeW026qj— Christer Nilsson (@chni0001) February 19, 2017
"Flake News" would make a great name for a weather show. Trump should keep that in mind for a post-White House gig.
Sweden has government provided healthcare and the most generous parental leave laws in the world. PRAY FOR THEM. #swedenincident— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) February 19, 2017
Apparently news is like Ikea furniture. You have to make it yourself#SwedenIncident— Pascal de Gier (@Pascaldegier) February 19, 2017
Speaking on behalf of all millennials who appreciate the convenience of an $8 coffee table: Don't bring Ikea into this.
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
Sweden terror incident is the largest attack that never happened in Swedish history. This travesty will never be remembered. #SwedenIncident— Cameron Stell (@cameron_stell) February 19, 2017
If Trump is talking about it, of course it's the largest incident ever.
#SwedenIncident— Kevin Johns (@Berlinseshdmtv) February 19, 2017
It was shocking there were meatballs everywhere
Is it bad that I kind of wish this one were true?
Will the real Sweden please stand up?
They were locked away by the Dancing Queen.
Serious question: How does Trump plan to prevent a Swedish Fish shortage?
Stand With Sweden
Sweden stood with us after Bowling Green. Today we stand with Sweden.— Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart) February 19, 2017
The Bowling Green references were incessant.
Sadly, Last Night in Sweden all the remaining survivors of the Bowling Green Massacre were killed— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) February 19, 2017
Rest in peace.
What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017
Even Chelsea Clinton had to join in.
Sweden, Atlanta, & Bowling Green
I go to bed grateful for Mr. Trump's protection from whatever happened in Sweden, Atlanta, and Bowling Green #swedenincident— Cris Wildermuth (@criswildermuth) February 19, 2017
Do you see a trend here? It's a little scary.
What Happens In Sweden
Remember: what happens in Sweden, stays in Sweden.— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) February 19, 2017
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.