Did Trump Just Put An ISIS Target On Sweden’s Back With His Made Up Refugee Incident?


The other day, while speaking at a tumultuous rally in Melbourne, Florida, President Donald Trump referenced an incident that supposedly happened in Sweden as a reason for why his presently stalled, Muslim-targeting immigration ban is necessary.

He said, while on the topic of his immigration ban:

‘Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. 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. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.’

This kind of flawed logic has been used over and over again by the Trump team, with references to foreign incidents employed to explain why the domestic immigration ban is needed.

The logic is flawed because something happening in another country does not at all reflect whether or not the American national security system is lacking in any regard. It just doesn’t. The United States does not share immigrant vetting systems or nearly anything else with any of the nations that have experienced large scale atrocities carried out by ISIS in recent months.

Well, as you most likely long already know by now, there is another, more fundamental problem with the argument that Trump offered up at that Melbourne, Florida, rally.

Nothing happened in Sweden the night before Trump spoke or at any other point in recent history. Trump made it up. Whereas the incidents in Paris, Berlin, Nice, and elsewhere that have been cited by the Trump team on other occasions as reason for the Muslim ban to be in place actually happened — this incident cited by Trump never happened.

With that in mind, the question comes up of just how seriously Donald Trump takes issues of global security. A global terror group is terrorizing nations the world over in the name of radical Islam — and Trump finds it acceptable to make up incidents of that group carrying out an atrocity? What would his response be if ISIS or a related group actually did carry out an attack in Sweden? Would his message of condolences to the people of Sweden prioritize actual condolences or would it prioritize using the incident as an excuse to ban Muslims from the U.S.?

And, most notably — will Trump’s comments prompt the terror group to take him up on what’s basically an offer to turn the other cheek if something were to actually happen in Sweden?

ISIS has already taken a liking to President Trump, making up a term for his immigration ban, calling it the “blessed ban.” It’s blessed in the mind of ISIS leadership because, according to a woman living in Iraq, ISIS fighters see themselves as having “succeeded in scaring the daylight out of America” in light of the ban. It further makes their job recruiting people to join their ranks much easier.

In Trump’s mind, there might as well have been a terror incident carried out recently in Sweden by ISIS. Yet again, there wasn’t, but there might have well been.

That attitude, flagrantly dismissing human concerns, is the attitude of the man serving as president of the United States. As president, that means this man is also serving as commander in chief of one of the most advanced armed forces in the world.

Think about that for awhile.

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