After Trump’s bogus claims of a terror attack in Sweden, Fox Opinion Network commentator, Bill O’Reilly, discussed Swedish immigration and crime with a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” who curiously enough, no one in the Swedish defense ministry or foreign office has heard of. The so-called expert Nils Bildt linked immigration to crime and social problems in Sweden, as reported by The Guardian, and “lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers.”
“Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris,” – Trump
In response to Trump’s statement, former Swedish PM, Carl Bildt (no relation to Nils. We’ll get to that in a moment), tweeted:
“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound.”
Trump’s remark came after Fox aired an interview with Ami Horowitz, a filmmaker who examines whether there’s a link between crime rates in Sweden and the country’s open door policy for those fleeing war-torn nations. Crime rates in Sweden have remained relatively stable over the last decade.
Quick side-note: As those at The Guardian bring to attention, Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, created the fictitious “Bowling Green massacre” in an effort to support Trump’s Muslim travel ban, while Sean Spicer created a fictitious incident in Atlanta, later remarking that he meant Orlando. As well as referring to Atlanta three different times, Spicer mentioned both Boston and San Bernadino where Islamist terrorists carried out a bombing and shooting, however both incidents involved foreign nationals from countries that were not among the seven nations included in the travel ban.
Moving on to an excerpt from The Washington Post:
“But who is Nils Bildt? Dagens Nyheter reported that Bildt had in fact emigrated from Sweden in 1994 and that he was originally named Nils Tolling. The newspaper also said Bildt had been convicted of a violent offense while living in Virginia and was given a one-year prison sentence in 2014.”
Nils originally did not deny the Dagens Nyheter report, except to clarify that he didn’t choose the title Fox gave him. Only later did he dispute the claim that he served time in prison.
The surname “Bildt” is reportedly well-known in Swedish political circles due to former PM Carl Bildt (quoted above), and this was apparently why Nils chose that particular surname after leaving Sweden. Nils claims to be related to Carl Bildt, a claim Carl denies, adding that his brother, the actual Nils Bildt, was “highly irritated” that Nils Tolling decided to use his surname.
The Intercept reported on this story as well, and was asked by Fox to add the following update:
“After this post was originally published, Dana Klinghoffer, a Fox News vice president for corporate communications, contacted The Intercept to ask that our report be amended to add this quote from David Tabacoff, the executive producer of Bill O’Reilly’s show: ‘Our booker made numerous inquiries and spoke to people who recommended Nils Bildt and after pre-interviewing him and reviewing his bio, we agreed that he would make a good guest for the topic that evening.’
Apparently, that is supposed to excuse the broadcaster for having featured a complete charlatan in prime time.”
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