Claim: Kellyanne Conway referred to a fictitious massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
On February 3, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump’s travel restriction executive order. In an interview with Chris Mathews on Hardball, she cited a terrorist attack that she called the “Bowling Green Massacre.” She claimed that most people did not know about the massacre because it was not covered by the media.
President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
Several members of the media responded to her claim by pointing out that there was no terrorist attack in Bowling Green. Conway had later clarified her statement by saying that she misspoke and meant to say “terrorists” instead of “massacre.”
There is no evidence that there was a massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The most logical explanation was that Conway was referring to two Iraqi refugees being arrested in 2011. The refugees were charged with performing terrorists attacks and trying to send money and weapons to Al-qaeda. Additionally, their fingerprints were found on the detonation devices for IEDs that were used against American soldiers in Iraq.
In her initial statement, Conway cited a “Bowling Green Massacre” which never happened. On the other hand, she was correct in saying that there were Iraqis who came to this country and were radicalized. Despite her clarification which seems like an attempt to CYA, her initial statement was false.
Update 2/6/2017: Cosmopolitan magazine published an article on this subject. In the article, Cosmopolitan said that the MSNBC interview was not the first time Conway cited the “Bowling Green Massacre.” According to them, she mentioned it in an interview with them. Although the quote was not used in their article, they were able to supply it.
He did that for exactly the same reasons. He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills, and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers’ lives away.
Update 3/2/2017: Rewrote article to conform to finalized standards.
References and Further Reading
- Kellyanne Conway cites ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that never happened to defend travel ban
- Former Iraqi Terrorists Living in Kentucky Sentenced for Terrorist Activities
- That MSNBC Interview Was Not the First Time Kellyanne Conway Referred to the “Bowling Green Massacre”