Bowling Green massacre: Kellyanne cites non-existent attack
BBC, Feb 3 2017
Kellyanne Conway has cited a “massacre” which never happened while defending the president’s immigration ban. Conway said Obama brought in a six-month ban on Iraqis after the arrest of “the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” and went on:
Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
In fact, there was no massacre at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Conway, whose official role is counsellor to the president, later tweeted:
She made her remarks during an interview with MSNBC television, in which she defended Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying:
Pres Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee programme after two Iraqis came here to this country were radicalised, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre
In 2011, the Obama administration brought in enhanced security measures for Iraqis after two men were arrested on terror charges, but there was never a formal ban in place. It came after Iraqi natives Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Sharif Hammadi were arrested on charges of attempting to send weapons and money to Iraq to support AQ there. They also admitted using homemade bombs against Pindo troops when they lived in Iraq. The pair lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but were never accused of planning or attempting to carry out an attack in Pindostan. Both are still in prison. “Bowling Green Massacre” began to trend on Twitter following the interview, as users ridiculed Conway’s error in tributes to the fictional people who lost their lives in a massacre which did not happen. She also recently made headlines for coining the term “alternative facts.” In his first briefing, Sean Spicer gave attendance figures on Trump’s inauguration which contradicted photographic evidence, and were quickly denounced in many news outlets as “falsehoods” and “lies.” Conway later said Spicer had been presenting “alternative facts.” The phrase quickly became the subject of ridicule online.