The Trump administration has developed a truly strange, and very troubling, habit of inventing terrorist attacks. First, there was the infamous “Bowling Green Massacre” – the horrific and 100% fictional terrorist attack invoked by Kellyanne Conway to justify Trump’s Muslim ban. Next, we had Sean Spicer’s solemn references to the nightmarish terrorist attack in Atlanta, which also never happened. Donald Trump got in on the act on Saturday, when he implied before an adoring crowd that Sweden had suffered a terrorist attack due to weak vetting procedures. As you probably guessed, no such terrorist attack has occurred.
Sweden – and the Twitterverse generally – mounted vigorous and biting rebukes to Trump’s lie. But where most people, if caught in a lie, would own up to their deceit and offer some form of apology, Trump instead doubled down on his claims. As reported by the New York Times, President Trump “escalated his attack on Sweden’s migration policies on Monday, doubling down on his suggestion — based on a Fox News report — that refugees in the Scandinavian country were behind a surge in crime and terrorism.”
Continued the Times, “Mr. Trump set off consternation and ridicule on Saturday when he seemed to falsely imply to a throng of supporters at a rally in Florida that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden, which has admitted tens of thousands of refugees in recent years.”
This is fear mongering at its worst. Refugees and migrants from war-torn regions are among the most vulnerable people on the planet. With everything else they are dealing with, they should not have to defend themselves against Trump’s invented atrocities.