President Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview Thursday night that Trump’s refugee ban was justifiable because of the “Bowling Green Massacre.” The only problem: no such massacre ever occurred.
Conway referenced the “massacre” in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, claiming “most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
“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, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway said. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
People on social media were quick to point out that there wasn’t any media coverage of the “Bowling Green Massacre” because it never happened.
While it wasn’t known what Conway was referring to, she may have been pointing to a 2011 incident involving two Iraqi nationals who lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The pair was indicted for allegedly carrying out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against US troops in Iraq. But there is no indication that the two men committed any violent offenses in Kentucky.
And while Obama did review vetting procedures of refugees coming from Iraq after the arrests of the men, there was no ban put in place.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Conway’s comments Thursday night.
People took to social media to express how upset they were that Trump’s administration was referencing a fake massacre, while ignoring terrorist attacks that really did happen.
The Iraqis in question not only didn’t commit a massacre or kill anyone in Bowling Green, Ky, prosecutor says they didn’t plot attack there.
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) 3 février 2017
In 2012, the Oak Creek massacre was committed by a white supremacist who fatally shot six people and injured four others at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
They pointed out Conway had to use a fake massacre as her example, because a refugee has never carried out a fatal terror attack in the US.
There haven’t been ANY attacks by refugees, so sociopath Kellyanne Conway *literally made one up* it’s called the “Bowling Green Massacre!”
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) 3 février 2017
Others also wondered why Matthews didn’t question Conway on the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
She literally just made up a “Bowling Green Massacre.” Lucky for her, the interview was with Chris Matthews, so, no followup. https://t.co/g2Jk5GzcKs
— Ben Serrurier (@bserrurier) 3 février 2017
But they used Google and learned it was a haunted house!
Out of curiosity, I googled “Bowling Green massacre” and was directed to a now-closed haunted house. https://t.co/PqvphJZpbH
— Zach Lowe (@zlowe) 3 février 2017
And then lots of jokes came.
I’ll never remember where I was when I first heard about the Bowling Green Massacre.
— David Waldman (@KagroX) 3 février 2017
OK, Bowling Green Massacre probably would make a good band name.
If your anti-trump punk band has been searching for a name you could do a lot worse than Bowling Green Massacre
— Sex Killerson (@StuntBirdArmy) 3 février 2017
Never forget this green bowling ball!
Remember the victims!
— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) 3 février 2017
Remember the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre:
The Loch Ness Monster
The Boogey Man
and far too many Leprechauns.
— Scott Rüegg (@scottruegg) 3 février 2017
Let’s have a moment of silence for facts, truth, and reality.
Let’s have a moment of silence for the tragic victims of the Bowling Green massacre – Facts, Truth, and Reality. May they rest in peace.
— Rebecca Cohen (@GynoStar) 3 février 2017
Some people started crowdfunding for the fake victims.
For every RT this tweet gets I will personally donate one imaginary dollar to the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) 3 février 2017
While others said that they would always remember where they were when the “massacre” occurred.
*takes a long drag off cigarette*
ay, lads. i remember the bowling green massacre as if it were just made up today.
— Alex Alvarez (@soalexgoes) 3 février 2017
And of course, there had to be a few Frederick Douglass references.
At least Frederick Douglass survived the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) 3 février 2017
Thank god for that time machine.
the reason you’ve never heard of the Bowling Green Massacre is because Frederick Douglass did an amazing job, went back in time to stop it
— Charles Bergquist (@cbquist) 3 février 2017