Twitter Mocks Trump For Citing Non-Existent Incident ‘Last Night In Sweden’


After President Donald Trump cited a non-existent incident “last night in Sweden” during a rally on Saturday night, Twitter was quick to skewer him for the gaffe while speculating pointedly about what he might have meant.

“You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Trump told a crowd in Melbourne, Florida. “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.”

Swedes on Twitter—and social media users at large—were baffled by Trump’s claim, as there was no incident in Sweden the night before his rally.

Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt wondered: “What has he been smoking?”

The President’s comment was just the latest in a line of missteps by members of his administration who have cited non-existent attacks to defend his hardline positions on national security and immigration.

Top White House advisor Kellyanne Conway cited the non-existent “Bowling Green Massacre” earlier in February while defending Trump’s ban on visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Days later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer cleared up confusion about several previous references he made to a mysterious attack “in Atlanta.”

He said that he “clearly meant Orlando,” apparently referring to the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.


Esme Cribb is a newswriter for TPM in New York City. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at