President Trump called out the Swedish prime minister on July 25 for what Trump believes to be wrongful treatment of the African American U.S. citizen and rapper A$AP Rocky.
“Very disappointed in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for being unable to act,” Trump tweeted. “Sweden has let our African American Community down in the United States. I watched the tapes of A$Ap Rocky, and he was being followed and harassed by troublemakers. Treat Americans fairly!”
In a second tweet, Trump said, “Give A$AP Rocky his FREEDOM. We do so much for Sweden but it doesn’t seem to work the other way around. Sweden should focus on its real crime problem!”
Sweden’s population is very homogeneous, with 90.9% being “non-foreign,” which led Trump essentially to virtue signal to the Swedish PM about race relations in his country.
Trump also alleged in his tweet that Sweden has a crime problem. While the data indicates Sweden faces high levels of crime, many of the deaths recorded in Sweden’s crime statistics are actually suicides, accidents, or natural deaths. Sweden’s murder and manslaughter rate is very low. However, its crime problem is particularly high in fraud, property crime, and sexual assault. The sexual assault rate has skyrocketed by 70% since 2013, yet the problem Swedish police chose to tackle is whether or not A$AP Rocky assaulted a man who was clearly harassing him.
A$AP Rocky and two members of his “crew” are now in Swedish prison after allegedly beating up a man on the streets of Stockholm. According to TMZ, all three of them turned themselves in to the Swedish police.
A witness recorded the entire ordeal. The man that is prosecuting Rocky instigated the conflict by hitting Rocky’s bodyguard with headphones. The man was clearly harassing Rocky and his crew.
In the video, Rocky said, “We don’t want to fight y’all. We don’t want to go to jail.”
Rocky then turned to the camera and said, “Just for the camera, we don’t want no problem with these boys. They keep following us.”
At the end of the video, a witness told Rocky and his crew that the men harassing them had slapped her and her girlfriend’s backside.
Rocky and his crew eventually reacted, throwing the man harassing him to the ground. The man sustained many injuries, but the content is graphic. You can see the damages here.
Rocky and his crew are in jail awaiting a trial. If convicted, they could face up to two years in prison.