Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said in a tweet in English that the attack was “an assault on democracy” and that Trump and several Congress members “bear substantial responsibility for developments”.
Deeply worrying developments in Washington, D.C. This is an assault on democracy. President Trump and several members of Congress bear substantial responsibility for developments. The democratic election process must be respected.
— SwedishPM (@SwedishPM) January 6, 2021
Foreign Minister Ann Linde used similar wording in her own statement, calling on the democratic process to be respected. “President Trump has a responsibility to stand up for the democratic process,” she tweeted.
Deeply concerned by developments in Washington DC. Witnessing an attack on democracy. The democratic process must be respected and order peacefully restored. US democracy is strong. President Trump has responsibility to stand up for the democratic process.
— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) January 6, 2021
President Trump called on the rioters to leave after the crowds broke into the building, but his comments were blocked by multiple social media platforms for inciting violence as he repeated claims of election fraud without evidence and told the protesters in the same speech: “You are very special, we love you.”
As of Thursday morning, four people had been reported dead as a result of the attack, including one woman shot by police and three who died in separate 'medical emergencies'. Over 50 protesters had been arrested.
The chaos unleased on the US Capitol dominated Swedish news headlines on Thursday.
Centre-left newspaper Aftonbladet's columnist Wolfgang Hansson called it “Trump's last desperate attempt to cling on to power”. Its liberal competitor Expressen's Jens Liljestrand hoped it would be a “wake-up call for politicians across the world” that democracy “must never be taken for granted”, and right-wing Bulletin's columnist Per Gudmundson slammed the outgoing president as a “pathetic criminal”.