Did Trump Think There Was an Attack in Sweden Because of a Tucker Carlson Segment? (UPDATE)
Trump said a lot of ridiculous things at Saturday’s rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Among those things was his improper use of “good” (when he actually meant “well”) — “He’ll do so good,” in reference to newly appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt — and his gross mispronunciation of the word “chasm.” But things would take an especially head-scratching turn when Trump would make reference to an incident “last night in Sweden.”
A quick Google search turns up a whopping zero results for any combination of the search words “incident,” “attack,” Sweden,” and “February 18.”
What Trump seems to be referencing is actually a segment that aired last night on Tucker Carlson about a documentarian and the film he made regarding immigration in Sweden. (If we’re splitting hairs, the interview actually took place earlier this week but the segment only aired last night. But there’s no need to nitpick.)
Ami Horowitz‘s film documents Sweden’s open door policy where refugees are concerned, as well as the unprecedented rise in crime seemingly as a result. He goes on to detail that the Swedish government is, by and large, trying to cover up the insurgence in crime.
Great. While this certainly sounds like something that needs to be brought to the mainstream media’s attention, it certainly isn’t indicative of an “incident” occurring in Sweden last night.
What this is indicative of, however, is the rumor flying around that President Trump gets most of his information from a television. Consider earlier this week when Trump tweeted some criticism towards then-President Obama‘s handling of Russia minutes after Fox and Friends made suspiciously similar arguments. Too coincidental? Ok. What about the time back in December when Trump first attacked Boeing for their quote on a new Air Force One? A mere two hours prior to that tweet storm, Fox News (again) ran a brief report about Boeing outsourcing jobs to India. A month earlier Trump also went on an anti-flag burning Twitter rant after a similarly themed Fox and Friends (seeing a trend?) segment.
Who’s to say that this isn’t just a coincidence? Some funny, odd, specific coincidence that has happen repeatedly and regularly over the last three months. It could be. It could also be indicative of POTUS thinking that Fox and Friends is more credible than his daily intelligence briefing. But who’s to say for certain?
Maybe someone should run a segment on Fox News asking POTUS to take a selfie while throwing the peace sign. Seems like only then we’d know for sure if all of this were an incredibly amazing coincidence or Trump’s simply being a Fox News stand.
UPDATE – Sunday, February 19 5:12 p.m. EST: President Trump has just announced that his remarks were derived from Fox News.
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