Kellyanne Conway Cites ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Didn’t Happen

By PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to President Donald Trump has cited a 2011 “massacre” in Kentucky that never happened as a reason why the administration’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is necessary.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that aired Thursday, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s executive order on immigration last week by saying that former President Barack Obama instituted a similar policy for Iraqi refugees in 2011.

“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,” Conway said.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway speaks to the media on the White House lawn (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway speaks to the media on the White House lawn (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Conway is referring to a tightening of security checks for entry into the U.S. after the May 2011 arrest of two men on charges of plotting to send weapons and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency in their native Iraq. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, were mistakenly admitted to the U.S. as Iraqi refugees in 2009 and resettled in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Calling the Obama administration’s actions a “ban” on Iraqi refugees is misleading. A formal ban wasn’t announced by that administration, though there was a dramatic decline in the number of Iraqis allowed to move the U.S. in 2011. Officials at the time cited an enhanced security clearance process for delaying Iraqi visa applications.

Alwan and Hammadi are in prison after pleading guilty. They were never accused of plotting to launch attacks inside the U.S.

Conway’s comments have made fodder for jokes among social media users. “Bowling Green massacre” quickly became a top trending topic on Twitter with a flurry of tweets mourning the nonexistent victims.

Comments

One Comment

  1. What a surprise. KAC is making up horror stories to scare Americans. And trump’s cult eats it right up. They need their robust diet of alt-facts so they don’t wake up some morning and realize they’ve been conned.

  2. David Keith says:

    More “alternate facts” …

    Von Clownstick and his advisors have their own, alternate reality.

  3. just a moment here- the basis is no different than that for Syrian refugees …

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