.@KellyannePolls says that 2 Iraqi refugees “were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.”
(There was no such massacre.) pic.twitter.com/sD3Nnb5xfE
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) February 3, 2017
Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway is caught in the middle of another instance of “alternative facts” after mistakenly citing a “Bowling Green massacre” that never happened.
Conway appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday, Feb. 2 and rationalized the president’s Muslim ban by referencing Obama’s supposed ban of Iraqi refugees.
“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country,” Conway said. “[Who] were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
The former Trump campaign manager seemed to refer to Obama’s 2011 slowdown of visas issued to Iraqis to review the vetting process after the arrest of former Iraq residents Mohanad Hammadi and Waad Alwan. During a 2013 trial, the men admitted to using IEDs against U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq and were linked to other terrorist ties against the Americans in combat. The terrorists began living as refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., in 2009.
Conway clarified her remarks on Twitter Friday, Feb. 3, saying she meant “Bowling Green terrorists,” not a “Bowling Green Massacre,” which would imply a shooting took place in Bowling Green, Ky.
On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" as reported here:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 3, 2017
Her clarification didn’t stop Twitter users from mocking her and many did by using GIFs and sarcasm.
Logged into Facebook and people are marking themselves as safe in the bowling green massacre
— let's go Ayo (@letsgoayo) February 3, 2017
When Trump mentions millions voted fraudulently in the election, remind him millions also died fraudulently in the Bowling Green Massacre…
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) February 3, 2017
Thank you for bringing attention to this Kellyanne Conway. I myself was actually killed in the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Space Force (@USA_SpaceForce) February 3, 2017
Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass' silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 3, 2017