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After President Donald Trump spoke last week at a rally about “what’s happening last night in Sweden,” when, in fact, nothing happened, Colbert responded.
Mocking the fact that Trump seemed to have misheard or misunderstood news reported on Fox News, Colbert said, “I guess Trump only accepts intelligence reports with the logo, ‘As Seen on TV.'”
“In fact, Sweden’s crime rate has fallen since 2005,” he continued. “In fact, experts say 90 percent of Swedish crime actually occurs in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
“Clearly, Trump believes everything he sees on TV is real,” said Colbert, “which would explain his next tweet: ‘America is a disaster! Our girls are broke! Our dead are walking! The pope’s too young! It’s a scandal! #shameless.’
“Tragically,” he continued, “Sweden is the third not-a-terrorist attack that has not shocked the world in the last month. First, there wasn’t the Bowling Green massacre, then no one was lost in Atlanta. And now it’s not Sweden’s turn. When will it begin? And just because this attack didn’t happen, folks, doesn’t mean we don’t stand in solidarity with all the people who did not suffer.”
Colbert then presented a tribute video, which highlighted the Muppets‘ Swedish Chef, ABBA and Swedish meatballs. Watch the segment below.
Earlier, The Late Show aired a not-so-star-studded charity video about the nonexistent Sweden incident. The “We are the World”-like “We Are All Sweden” video featured somber music but lots of vacant microphones as onscreen captions informed viewers that big names like Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Adele, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift didn’t agree to participate in the video. At the end of the video, onscreen text reads, “Immediately after this song was recorded, USA for Sweden was informed that Sweden was fine. The song worked.”
Seth Meyers also took on Trump’s Sweden error on Monday’s Late Night. Like Colbert, Meyers responded to Trump’s “Who would believe this?” with “no one,” because there was no incident in Sweden on Friday night.
“It turns out what Trump was referring to was not a terror attack in Sweden but a segment he saw the night before on Fox News about refugees in Sweden,” Meyers explained. “So Trump literally saw something on Fox News and confused it for reality. Next thing you know he’s going to lament the treatment of people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.”
Late Night also aired a news report claiming, in part, that Trump’s comments have prompted ridicule from people in Sweden. “That’s how bad things have gotten under Trump. We’re getting roasted by Swedes now,” Meyers said. “The Swedish Chef is like, ‘Dude, even I don’t understand a word you’re saying.'”
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