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Florida man kicks off 2020 presidential bid with fake news about Sweden terror attack

Updated 6 years ago
Donald Trump Sweden Terror Attack
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A man in Florida held a confirmed campaign rally on Saturday, apparently kicking off his 2020 presidential bid a few years too early. While many say it was actually sitting president, Donald Trump, who actually held a campaign rally, it couldn’t have been him, could it? The most powerful man in the world would not spread false information about a terror attack in a different country that did not really happen, would he? After all, POTUS has access to incredible intelligence, and he’d know better than to make stuff up.

Unfortunately, this is the real world. The American president said that something happened in Sweden on Friday night, which wasn’t actually true.

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said, according to The Huffington Post. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

The official Twitter account of Sweden, manned by a librarian at the time, denied it:

Many mocked Trump’s mistake on Twitter, considering the administration tendency to make up terror attack that did not happen. The BBC has more similar reactions:

Trump is believed to have made that remark after watching a segment on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, which explained that there’s a rise in crime in Sweden following the admission of a large number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

Trump tried to fix the problem he caused with the help of Twitter. He said he simply referred to the aforementioned Fox report.

But were there any recent terror attacks in Sweden? It turns out that yes, there was one. There suspected neo-Nazis were arrested in January after allegedly targeting a Gothenburg Asylum center with a homemade bomb attack that left one person seriously injured. That attack took place on January 5th, The Independent reports.

But those people had been members of the Nordic Resistance Movement, so the story probably doesn’t accommodate Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants and travel bans.

Speaking of recent terror attacks, there was one Florida man who wanted to detonate bombs inside of Target stores to profit from changes in stock prices. That man was not an immigrant either.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.