Monday, February 20, 2017

Cloudy With a Chance of Swedish Meatballs . . .

So no doubt by now, most have heard that Drumpf made his way down to Florida this past weekend to escape the really hard job of Presidentin' and to get some much needed lovin' from his cult members.

The spontaneous campaign rally (wait - didn't he win?) even included a darling photo-op with some oafish goober that he dragged onstage, who in a pique of bromantic adoration gushed to the world about how he has a 6 foot cardboard cutout of dear leader Drumpf in his house, of which upon waking every day, he salutes and prays to and for (and the righties say liberalism is a mental disorder -- hoo wee).

Now - setting aside the abject creepiness of that vision, there was another moment in Drumpf's wingnut hootenanny which had a whole lot of people, including an entire European nation, doing a Scooby-Doo double take.

Observe the feeding of the red meat to the rabid rubes in their natural habitat:

Why those filthy, dastardly immigrants!  How dare they make life a living hell for America's dear friends and allies in Sweden?!!

Cutting right to the punchline - of course nothing had happened in Sweden the night prior to Donny's hair-raising declaration.  In fact -- oh hell -- let's hear what the Swedes themselves have to say on the matter:

No incident occurred in Sweden and the country's baffled government asked the U.S. State Department to explain.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom appeared to respond to Trump on Saturday by posting on Twitter an excerpt of a speech in which she said democracy and diplomacy "require us to respect science, facts and the media."
Her predecessor was less circumspect.
"Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.
Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs and people assembling IKEA furniture.
"#lastnightinsweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!" Twitter user Adam Bergsveen wrote.

It's pretty fucking hilarious and yet resignedly sad when the normally stuffy Swedes are openly mocking your nation's leader.  And true to form Drumpf compounded the humiliation today when he opened his stupid piehole and responded to the decorous mocking thusly:

"My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden," Trump said in a tweet on Sunday.
Fox News, a U.S. channel that has been cited favorably by Trump, ran a report Friday about alleged migrant-related crime problems in the country.
A White House spokeswoman told reporters on Sunday that Trump had been referring generally to rising crime, not a specific incident in the Scandinavian country.

Ohhhh!  Well that explains it -- Drumpf saw a news excerpt on Fox "News" (still, and more than ever, not a real news organization) about some guy discussing a documentary he had made that was purportedly about out of control crime afflicting poor helpless Sweden - crime allegedly being committed en masse by those aforementioned filthy, dastardly immigrants.

So of course the documentary it turns out -- wait for it ----- was by some wingnut who is now being raked over the coals by the Swedish officials and law enforcement people that he interviewed in the documentary who are stating that the film-maker dude is a loony fraud and that he knowingly doctored their video-taped responses to his questions in order to paint a picture of a situation that was entirely opposite of that which they were trying to convey to him.

So - in summary - Drumpf, in an attempt to rile up and titillate a gathering of his slack-jawed goober groupies, makes a chilling claim that Sweden (a country full of very white people) was being overrun by swarthy criminal immigrants that Sweden's liberal government were letting in to their country in hordes.  After the the bullshit story is exposed, Drumpf claims he was just relaying a story that he had seen on Fox "News" (still, and more than ever, not a real news organization).

Now here is where The Gadfly sees the beauty and the silver lining in this ugly cloud.

You have a totally fake President making a fake claim about another nation based on a fake documentary that he saw on a fake news channel.

Bask in the sumptuous glory of it all and once the basking is done, weep for the sorry and pitiful state of our formerly great nation.


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