Lies. Damned Lies. And (Swedish) Statistics.
It turns out that the Democratic talking points they tried to bash Trump’s claims about problems in Sweden were based on lies.
But what else is new?
Remember that smug denial of Trump’s claims that Sweden has gotten a little ‘rape-y’ since they threw open their doors to refugees?
Guess who was right… again?
A Swedish minister has admitted she was wrong after claiming the number of sex attacks in the country had decreased.
Integration minister Ylva Johansson claimed in a television interview that the number of rapes in Sweden was ‘going down, and going down, and going down’.
The remarks came after former UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed last month that the city of Malmo was ‘the rape capital of Europe due to EU migrant policies.’
But days later it emerged that, despite a 12 per cent dip in 2015, the number of sex attacks had in fact climbed 13 per cent in 2016.
…’It was wrong of me to speak of a development that was only based on one year. The preliminary figures for 2016 unfortunately show that the figures are on the rise. It’s important to be correct, of course.’
Johansson had earlier claimed that the number of rapes in Sweden was falling as she defended the country’s immigration policy in an interview with the BBC.
It’s the difference between ‘a blip’ and ‘a trend’.
You’d think an elected official would understand such things.
Of COURSE they understand that. But, ultimately, they were working backward from their assumptions. So why wouldn’t they embrace stats that propped up their assumptions?
Leftists LOVE playing that game. Get the idea out there, unchallenged by the public, or undercut their opponent. And by the time their arguments are proven to be ‘fake news’ everyone else will have gone on to the next story.
And so, a lot of people will just be left with the dim impression that the whole ‘Swedish rape thing was overblown’.
Except … it wasn’t. And Trump was right.
Don’t expect CNN talking heads and panelists to start walking those stories anytime soon.