President Donald Trump continued to gift late-night comedians with effortless material this week by referencing an imaginary incident in Sweden during a campaign-type rally, one month into his term as the 45th President of the United States.
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden - Sweden? Who would believe this? Sweden," Trump said to his supporters in Florida, without elaborating on exactly what incident he was referring to.
"No one would believe that," Stephen Colbert said in his "Late Show" monologue (above). "Well not no one, but maybe someone who skips their intelligence briefings. Because it turns out on Friday night no incident occurred on Sweden, which is actually headline news there: 'Nothing Happens Again.'"
Colbert took his criticism of Trump an explicit step further after reading his audience a tweet from a former Swedish prime minister, who asked what the POTUS has "been smoking."
"Uh, Vladimir Putin's d--k," Colbert said to an uproar of laughter from his audience.
Colbert ended his takedown of Trump by paying tribute to all of the victims of the non-existent Sweden incident.
"Tragically, Sweden is the third not-a-terrorist attack that has not shocked the world in the last month," Colbert said. "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 those who did not suffer."
Seth Meyers, the host of NBC's "Late Night," explained in his "Closer Look" segment (below) that Trump clarified in a tweet that his reference to Sweden was not to a terror attack, but a segment he saw on Fox News earlier.
"So Trump literally saw something on Fox News and confused it for reality. Next thing you know, he's going to lament the terrible treatment of people with moderate to severe plague psoriasis," Meyers said as a picture of prescription medication Otezla appeared on screen.
Both comedians noted that the people of Sweden, along with the press and leaders, were actively mocking President Trump for making up fake news.
"That's how bad things have gotten under Trump - we're getting roasted by Swedes now," Meyers said before referencing a famous "Muppets" character. "The Swedish Chef is like, 'Dude, even I don't know a word you're saying.'”