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After FAKE terror attack, Trump stays stuck on Sweden

President Donald Trump gestures as he holds up a piece of paper on the presidential powers on immigration during a campaign rally Saturday Feb. 18 2017 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne Fla

"But there has been one common theme", Seth Meyers said during his latest "A Closer Look" segment last night. "Questions abound", Mr Carl Bildt said in a tweet.

"Tragically", he continued, "Sweden is the third not-a-terrorist attack that has not shocked the world in the last month".

Meanwhile, Mr Bildt tweeted: "What has he been smoking?" Two clips here, one of Carlson commenting on Trump's Sweden remark and the other of Mary Katharine Ham grappling with the unreliable-narrator problem.

In fairness to Beauchamp, the rate of many crimes has remained fairly flat in Sweden, even with increased immigration.

According to Swedish crime statistics in 2016 there has been a 7% rise in reported offences against the person - among this category there has been a 20% increase sexual molestation.

But The Washington Post failed to cite a March 2015 report which showed 77% of the rapes in Sweden were committed by 2 percent of the Muslim male population.

Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at the University of Stockholm, said foreign-born residents are twice as likely to be registered for a crime as native Swedes.

"When Trump made that statement, I think the collective response over here was like: 'he said what?'" Karlsson says. Sweden doesn't break down who commits crime by ethnicity. That was a record and gives it a murder rate per capita three times higher than that of London.

Karlsson, however, was confronted with the fact that Monday night a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after police arrested a suspect on drug charges.

During the arrest, people started throwing stones at police, and the situation escalated.

But the violence has clearly not spiralled out of control. That year, 19,092 crimes were reported in total in all 15 areas - a decline from 19,576 in 2014.

Many Swedes do appear to be anxious about immigration, however.

Sweden has emerged as a prime target for right-wing news outlets and propagandists seeking to create a link between mass immigration and what they characterize as the chaos that hits societies that welcome refugees. In a backlash, many asylum centres have been targeted by far-right attackers and several have been burned to the ground.

Prime Minister Löfven went on to say "We have opportunities, we have challenges, we're working (on) them every day".