This article first appeared in Eagle Rising.
When President Trump made a reference to Sweden during a speech February 18, his critics pounced upon him for making up a terror attack in that Scandinavian country the night before that hadn't occurred. The Swedish prime minister and the Swedish media jumped all over it. His exact words were: "You look at what's happening last night in Sweden ...." As he often does, Trump spoke clumsily, but he was not trying to say that an act of terror had occurred; he was referring to the overall situation in Sweden with its immigrant problems-crimes, rapes, riots and lack of assimilation. In that, he was right.
What Trump was referring to was an interview he had seen the previous evening on Fox News with American journalist and pundit Ami Horowitz, who had just returned from a fact-finding trip to Scandinavia, where he almost had his head handed to him while venturing into those no-go zones in and around Copenhagen and Stockholm. Horowitz' report was accurate.
Nevertheless, the Swedish elites in politics and the media don't want to acknowledge the ugly truth about what is happening to their country. They prefer to continue the narrative that Sweden is a socialist paradise that has opened its arms to immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly from Muslim-majority countries, and that things are going just fine. They are not. Sweden is the rape capital of Europe, the streets of the cities are no longer safe, and terrorists are going off to join ISIS and returning back to Sweden, where, instead of being blocked from re-entry or jailed, they are welcomed by the authorities with job training in an effort to "re-integrate them" back into society. Meanwhile, those who dare to object are branded as "racists" or are threatened with prosecution for "hate speech".
Here at home, CNN reacted as if they had no idea what was going on in Sweden as they continued to trash the President. Once it became clear what Trump was referring to, they questioned why Trump would rely on an interview on a conservative news network (Fox), without going through the "processes" of vetting the report.
If all that wasn't surreal enough, two nights after Trump's statement, the Stockholm suburb -and "no-go zone" of Rinkeby- exploded in riots. With international attention centered on Trump's statement, it couldn't have come at a worse time-or better time depending on your point of view.
And don't think that Sweden is united in outrage against what Trump said. Many are pleased that our president's statement has stirred discussion about their problems.
So once again, Trump has inartfully made a statement, and instead of being humiliated, he has come out smelling like a rose. In my view, he has done Sweden a service.