Little did I know that an email from my brother in Germany would make me gasp for air. That’s right, I was running seriously short of breath. I laughed and laughed and laughed. It was just way too funny.
The email he sent was just a link. It referred to the latest evening news from the 2 main German public TV-Channels. The link was about a certain American pretending to know the truth and speak the truth and at the same time calling main-stream media liars and fake news and the enemy of the American people. The story he invented was so hilarious that the whole world started laughing about it.
Translation from German:
The "Massacre of Bowling Green", which has never been held, is not fully digested, as the US government presents new "alternative facts". This time it was Trump himself who said in connection with terrorist attacks in Europe: "Look at what happened last night in Sweden." Yes what?
With the "Bowling Green Massacre", Kellyanne Conway recently astonished the world. Now, Donald Trump added: "We need to secure our country," he said at a Florida rally, referring to the entry ban of people from seven Muslim countries, an executive order which had previously been condemned by courts.
"Sweden, would you believe that?"
The problem: On Friday night in Sweden this and that happened - but there was certainly no terrorist attack or other attacks. It was just one of those long Scandinavian winter nights, in which one or the other Swede had the leisure to “enjoy” the Trump speech, for the mocking was not long in coming. Under the hashtag "LastNightInSweden", people from all over the world are posting what has NOT happened - such as ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) correspondent Andreas Kynast reported:
The former Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, asked: "Sweden, terrorist attack, what did he smoke?
And the newspaper Aftonbladet responded with an English message on their website. Under the heading "This happened on Friday evening in Sweden, Mr. President" was quoted as: "In the north of Sweden a storm warning was issued." Or what about these “exciting” events:
Translation of above text:
FRIDAY NIGHT IN SWEDEN:
18:42 The famous singer Owe Thörnquist has technical problems under a rehearsal for a music festival
20:46 Because of storm and snow ´will highway E10 between Katterjåk and the border remain closed
00:17 Police in Stockholm pursues a motorist. He is accused of drunk driving and has stolen the car.
Trump had started his speech in Florida by saying, "We are here to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."
And here is what Trump tweeted once he realized the BS he had told:
Bland de som inte förstod fanns Sveriges regering, som via ambassaden i Washington krävde en förklaring från amerikanska utrikesdepartementet på söndagen.
På kvällen, svensk tid, svarade Trumps administration.
– President Trump talade i allmänna ordalag om ökande brottslighet och händelser i närtid, inte om en specifik händelse, sa Sarah Sanders, Vita husets biträdande pressektreterare till nyhetsbyrån Reuters.
Strax innan 23 kom en förklaring från presidenten själv.
”Mitt uttalande om vad som hände i Sverige syftade till ett tv-inslag som jag såg på Fox News om invandring i Sverige”, skriver han på Twitter.
Svenska ambassaden i Washington skriver till Dagens Nyheter att man därmed anser frågan besvarad. Den uppfattningen delas inte av utrikesdepartementet i Stockholm.
– Vi får avvakta och se om vi får ytterligare svar i morgon, säger Elin Holmström på UD:s presstjänst.
Translation from Swedish:
Among those who did not understand was the Swedish Government, via the embassy in Washington demanded an explanation from the US State Department on Sunday.
Good luck in getting answers from Trump!