It wasn’t that long ago that President Trump was drawing attention to the scourge of Muslim immigrant violence taking place in the formerly-peaceful country of Sweden. In February 2017, at a rally in Florida, the then-new president said he was shocked and pained to see what was happening in Northern Europe.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” he said. “Sweden, who would believe this? They took in large numbers and they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
As it happened, nothing had happened “last night,” which gave Swedish politicians and the mainstream media all the ammunition they needed to attack Trump as an ignorant buffoon who was selling racism to his bloodthirsty audiences.
“The episode underscored that Mr. Trump obtains, processes and uses information differently from any modern president,” the New York Times wrote at the time. “He watches television at night and tends to incorporate what he sees into his Twitter feed, speeches and interviews.”
In other words, he’s an idiot who gets all of his information from half-watching Fox News out of the corner of his eye. Pay no attention to him and DEFINITELY don’t start thinking that there might be an immigrant crime problem in Sweden. If it didn’t happen “last night,” it probably never happened.
Well, now the New York Times is singing a different tune…even if it’s still off-key. On Sunday, the paper published a feature story about the gang violence terrorizing “Sweden’s middle class,” but they never did get around to admitting that the president was right about the cause: Unrestrained Muslim migration. Instead, they took the “we have no clue what’s going on” approach of Sweden’s political class, which is scared stiff to tell the population that they messed up big-time when they allowed unlimited numbers of refugees into their country.
“Gang-related assaults and shootings are becoming more frequent, and the number of neighborhoods categorized by the police as ‘marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity’ is rising,” the Times reluctantly admitted. “Crime and immigration are certain to be key issues in September’s general election, alongside the traditional debates over education and health care.”
While in the paragraph above, the Times admits that “immigration” has something to do with the crisis, they don’t go out of their way to explain how it’s connected. Nor do they ever once mention refugees or Muslims.
“Police officials are more likely to attribute gang violence to a failure of integration, citing a recent study of a Swedish street gang that found 24 percent of its members were ethnic Swedes, and 42 percent had been born in Sweden,” says the report.
Instead, as you see here, they bend over backwards to phrase this problem in such a way to make it seem like this is mostly a problem involving Swedish citizens. Even if, merely by looking at those numbers and imagining their unwritten opposites, any reader can see that it is not.
As we’ve already seen in Germany, France, Italy, Britain, and, yes, the United States, this practice of lying and casting blame anywhere other than where it belongs only furthers societal divisions and resentment. We endured eight years of an administration that refused to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” That era led directly to Donald Trump.
You’d think, given how much the left hates Trump and all of that populism rising up in Europe, that the New York Times and all the left-wing politicians would learn their lesson. Apparently deception and political correctness makes for a hard habit to break.