Donald Trump may have encouraged a superfan to rush behind the presidential podium during his campaign-style rally on Saturday, but petrifying the Secret Service with a meme origin story was simply a diversion from the event’s most irresponsible moment.
As some people noticed but plenty more were distracted from caring about, Trump was condemning refugees by way of listing terrorist attacks when he slipped in a bizarrely unfounded comment about a phantom event in Sweden:
“Here’s the bottom line: We’ve gotta keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening … We’ve gotta keep our country safe,” Trump repeated while basking in applause from supporters. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Who would believe this?”
Well, not Sweden! Or anyone else who has their guard up after the Trump administration’s Bowling Green Massacre and Atlanta misfires. Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, was quick to chime in.
Others directly fed into the comment, showing just how dangerous it was.
And while there was plenty of harsh criticism thrown Trump’s way, it didn’t take long for the conversation to devolve into IKEA and Swedish Chef jokes.
Such has become the cycle of Trump-related discourse: Bad thing, justifiable hair-tearing outrage, retreat to humor, rinse, repeat. Gaslit, we’ve become.