Sweden’s deputy prime minister has landed herself in hot water after referring to the 9/11 attacks as “accidents” on live television, RT.com reports. Her comment was immediately criticized on social media.
Appearing on SVT’s breakfast show ‘Gomorron Sverige’ on Tuesday, Åsa Romson discussed the resignation of Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan. Romson praised Kaplan’s efforts in working with Muslim youth associations in Sweden, but then added a surprising and rather confusing twist to her words of affirmation – referring to the 9/11 attacks as “accidents.”
“He has been chairman of Young Muslims in tough situations like the September 11 accidents,” Romson said.
Viewers of the breakfast show quickly expressed their discontent at Romson’s comments, with many taking to Twitter to share their disgust.
“Had to listen again. And yes, Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister Åsa Romson talked about the ‘September 11th accident,’” Johan Ingerö of Swedish liberal think-tank Timbro tweeted.
Twitter user @Lion_Martinez called Romson’s comment “despicable.” He stated that he had relatives who died in the attacks, which killed over 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.
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