‘I saw it on Fox News’: Trump trolled mercilessly for #LastNightInSweden explanation
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said that his comments about “last night in Sweden” came from a “story that was broadcast on Fox News concerning immigrants & Sweden.”
My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2017
Not content with his first excuse, Trump appeared to change tack in a second tweet on Monday which attempted to deflect attention from his blunder by blaming the media.
Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017
The tweets, however, have not dampened the craze over #LastNightInSweden, with people continuing to respond with anger, bafflement and hilarity to the president’s attempt to clarify his reference to an incident in Sweden about which nobody had heard.
TRUMP: I saw it on Fox News!— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) February 20, 2017
FOX NEWS: pic.twitter.com/Vw7OPX0Mkv
45: the violence in Sweden last night, can you believe?— Petty Betty (@PettyBettyBB) February 20, 2017
Sweden: nothing happened, we are fine
45: but I saw it on Fox! You are fake Sweden!
I saw it On FOX? ThIS guys has the Nuclear Football and has no Grasp of reality? Are YOU SCARED YET? tHIS IS INSANE. pic.twitter.com/NzfpzxM1X3— ruben rosario (@FRoggyblues1000) February 19, 2017
While it’s no secret that the new president gets some of his information from Fox News, many felt the network is not an acceptable source of information for a person in his office.
It has been suggested online that Trump may have been referring to a Tucker Carlson show aired on Fox News on Friday, which featured an interview with Ami Horowitz, whose documentary on Sweden last year was largely discredited, and who erroneously claimed there were “no-go zones” in the country.
"Sorry, I saw it on Fox News," isn't something a President of the United States should EVER say. This. Isn't. Normal https://t.co/dDOJs0fom9— OuterBoroughPrincess (@OuterBoroRoyal) February 20, 2017
Trump: what about the terror attack in Sweden last Friday?— Dinar (@Friggdottir) February 20, 2017
Sweden: what terror attack?
Trump: I saw it on Fox News
The World: pic.twitter.com/xc7plkImaI
Friday’s show discussed immigration and employment, referring to an increase in gun violence and rape in Sweden, and repeated the claims about “no-go zones.” The show made no exact reference to any particular incident happening on Friday, however.
@realDonaldTrump Idea: If you had intelligence briefings, you wouldn't need to get your information from cable TV.— Peter Brack (@peterbrack) February 20, 2017
Seemingly preoccupied with the notion of false information, Trump's 'I saw it on Fox' excuse has many pointing the fake news finger at the president himself.
Fox News has previously been in hot water for its reporting. Most recently, it invited the ire of Canadian President Justin Trudeau who blasted the network for claiming the perpetrator in the Quebec terror attack was a Moroccan, when in fact it was a white Canadian.