At a rally over the weekend in Florida, Trump made some comments about Sweden which left some people scratching their heads, and others jumping on Twitter to attack him before they understood what he meant.
“You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?”
Nothing bad happened in Sweden the night before, so what was he talking about?
He was talking about the large numbers of refugees Sweden takes in, and said he was referencing a Fox News interview with filmmaker Ami Horowitz about the migrant crisis in Europe:
“My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
In that story, Horowitz maintains that the spike in crimes in Sweden is linked to the large number of refugees coming into the country:"Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago, so they’re now getting a taste of what we’ve been seeing across Europe already.”
According to the Swedish Migration Agency, Sweden took in 81,000 asylum seekers in 2014, 163,000 in 2015, and 29,000 last year. The Agency says another 25,000 to 45,000 are expected this year.
Filmmaker Ami Horowitz joined us this evening to talk more: