President Donald Trump has everyone — Swedes most of all — wondering what happened last Friday night in Sweden. While seeking to bolster support for his controversial national security policies at a rally in Florida on Saturday, President Trump cited an unspecified event he claimed occurred Friday in Sweden as proof America needed to do more to keep itself safe. If you're still at a loss for what happened, you're not alone. Swedes haven't been able to figure out what Trump was referring to, either. Unsure of what the U.S. president was talking about, Swedes have responded to Trump's baffling claim in the best way possible — with sarcasm.
"Here's the bottom line, we've got to keep our country safe," Trump told supporters in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday. "You look at what's happening. We've got to keep our country safe. 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."
The problem was, nothing of note appeared to have happened in Sweden on Friday night. Swedish Security Police spokesman Karl Melin told the Associated Press "nothing has occurred which would cause us to raise [the terror threat] level." Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said the Swedish government was not aware of any "terror-linked major incidents." In hopes of shedding a bit of light on the situation, the Swedish Embassy in Washington reached out to the State Department for clarification of the Trump's remarks.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet published, in English, a tongue-in-cheek list of events Trump may have been referencing when he warned Americans to "look at what's happening last night in Sweden." The list includes worrisome incidents like technical problems at a concert, harsh weather, a fatal workplace injury, and a car chase.
Meanwhile, Swedes — and other savvy Twitter users — have offered their take on what happened last night in Sweden:
Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound. https://t.co/XWgw8Fz7tj— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) February 19, 2017
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt wondered if Trump's remarks were spurred by something he smoked before taking the stage to speak Saturday in Florida.
Ikea's börder wåll is in high demand after what happened in Sweden last night.
Too Close For Comfort
A stranger sat down next to me on the bus although there were many empty double-seats available. I'm still recovering #LastNightInSweden— Twitrarn (@twitrarn) February 19, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Everywhere You Look, Disaster
Last night in Sweden someone felt the despair that can come along with attempting to assemble a piece of furniture.
Pray For Sweden
You've never seen carnage like this before.
Just The Usual Scandinavian Stuff
#lastnightinsweden: Free healthcare & education. Paid vacation & maternity leave. Democracy. Just the usual Scandinavian stuff....— Lars K. Christensen (@lkchr) February 19, 2017
OK, now you're just showing off Sweden.
Pouring Over The Border
Is this what open borders look like?
Rest in peace, hotdog. Never again.
The More You Know
Last night, no one in Sweden had heard of the Emoluments Clause in the U.S. Constitution. Today, we are very interested. #LastNightInSweden— Last Night In Sweden (@LastNiteNSweden) February 19, 2017
Last night in Sweden Trump's remarks inspired someone to create a Last night in Sweden Twitter account dedicated to trolling the U.S. president.
Yuge Amounts Of Foam
Last night in Sweden a swede battled it out with foam in the bath.
Maybe Trump is Shocked about our free healthcare, free education and that we show humanity to refugees? #LastNightInSweden— Anna Skarsjö (@AnnaSkarsjo) February 19, 2017
Could Trump's nightmares be comprised of Sweden's free healthcare and free education?
Crimes Against Kebabs
May we never forget those kebabs and the sacrifices they made for us.
Keep It On The Sidewalk
Last night in Sweden a pedestrian dared to blaze their own path.
The Wrong Cupboard
The wrong cupboard? That's just so uncivilized!
Snacks, Wine, & Gratitude
#lastnightinsweden I ate shrimp, drank some wine and counted my lucky stars I don't live in the US.— Ida Grasman (@IdaGrasman) February 19, 2017
Touché Ida, touché.
Trump attempted to clarify his comment in a tweet published Sunday. "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden," the president tweeted.