On Saturday, President Trump referenced "what's happening [sic] last night in Sweden" as a reminder that Western nations should think twice before accepting immigrants and refugees. Poor grammar aside, the bigger issue with Trump's statement was that nothing particularly notable or horrific happened in Sweden the night before he made those remarks. Not surprisingly, Trump's reference to this non-existent event resulted in a torrent of "Sweden incident" memes on Twitter.
Disgracefully, this isn't the first time the Trump White House has invented an incident from thin air. Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway landed herself in hot water after presenting the "Bowling Green Massacre" as a cautionary tale of why America shouldn't accept refugees from the Middle East. But in reality, there was never any Bowling Green Massacre. Conway was widely mocked for this falsehood, and somebody established a satirical "Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund" website that, in reality, redirects users to the ACLU's donor page.
To be clear, it is appalling to hear Trump try to frighten the American people into accepting draconian anti-immigrant policies. But at the same time, humor is an effective coping mechanism, so let's look at some of the best #SwedenIncident memes.
Footage Of The Incident?
A Firsthand Account
I've lived through a #SwedishAttack, when my IKEA bookcase collapsed and woke me up at 2am.— Sheilah Villari (@KittinExploits) February 19, 2017
Don't worry, there are plenty more IKEA jokes to come.
The Real Swedish Tragedy
Pray for Sweden. They will wake up with universal healthcare. Paid parental leave. Green energy. Free daycare. Sane leaders. #swedenincident— pixeliza (@pixeliza) February 19, 2017
Ahh, so that's what horrified Trump.
Patton Oswalt Weighs In
My "Sweden incident" was when I got food poisoning at beach week and shit for the entirety of the ABBA GOLD album.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 19, 2017
Moving right along...
Leave Jennifer Alone!
#lastnightinsweden Oh come on, I know I got a bit too drunk but no need to nag the whole world about it.— Jennifer Brännvall (@hell0kill3r) February 19, 2017
There's no need to drunk-shame random Swedes, Mr. President.
One Possible Explanation
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
This tweet is notable in that Carl Bildt is a former Prime Minister of Sweden.
This probably would cause an incident. Have you ever seen the food line at an IKEA?
Chelsea Clinton Ties It All Together
What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators?— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017
We can only hope so!
I really wish I'd had a power drill when I assembled my first IKEA desk.
Was Trump Behind The Incident?
The events depicted in this gif, much like the #SwedenIncident itself, didn't actually happen.
The Swedish Embassy Trolls Trump
We look forward to informing the US administration about Swedish immigration and integration policies. https://t.co/x5G3euOWRh— Embassy of Sweden US (@SwedeninUSA) February 19, 2017
If anything, this episode has highlighted the extent to which Sweden is associated with IKEA.
Sean Spicer Provides Updates
This didn't actually happen, sadly.
Look At All These Refugees
How will the country handle this?
She's Not Wrong...
- Allies Trump has insulted:— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 19, 2017
Sweden, Norway, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany and NATO, etc.
- Countries Trump has not insulted: Russia.
Worth keeping in mind.
With enough hex wrenches, Sweden will be a stronger nation after recovering from this.
A Plea For Humanity
bowling green. atlanta. sweden.— Dave King (@DaveKingThing) February 19, 2017
how many people have to not die before we do nothing?
Personally, I'll never forget where I wasn't when the Swedish incident didn't happen.
A Genuine Swedish Tragedy
I was just in Sweden two weeks ago. This is what was happening. Worse than Bowling Green. pic.twitter.com/1rdonmspgd— Matt Rexroad (@MattRexroad) February 19, 2017
Those are supposedly mashed potatoes, not scoops of ice cream. But STILL!
Let's Hope This Takes Off
It's like that whole safety pin thing a while back, only more delicious.
Maybe Trump Was Talking About Oreos
Maybe Trump was referring to the tragedy that is swedish fish oreos. Absolutely disgusting. pic.twitter.com/l8GXHiZ2Sv— JLF88 (@JLF988) February 20, 2017
We could have avoided this.