On Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, a top advisor to Donald Trump, tried to justify the president's travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries. As Iraq is one of the seven countries, Conway made up something called "the Bowling Green massacre," supposedly orchestrated by two 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, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
There is no Bowling Green massacre. It did not happen. It is completely made up. Skip to 2:40 for the quote.
According to the Washington Post, Kellyanne Conway was "likely referring to two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green," Kentucky, who went to prison after their 2011 arrest for trying to give weapons and money to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Because this is madness, "Bowling Green Massacre" quickly became the top trending topic on Twitter. Here's what some of the internet had to say on the latest blunder from the queen of alternative facts.
Please, a moment of alternative silence for the victims of the Bowling Green massacre— Colin Barber (@TheCBarbsFiles) February 3, 2017
Finding these Bowling Green Massacre jokes to be a little too soon. Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place.— Justin Shanes (@justinshanes) February 3, 2017
Kellyanne Conway: It's important that we never forget the Red Wedding which was orchestrated and carried out by Muslim refugee children.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) February 3, 2017
Republicans have already voted against healthcare for first responders of the Bowling Green Massacre— very good cool boy (@_DanFisher) February 3, 2017
Hey, congrats to all the people who voted for the geniuses who think Sandy Hook was fake and Bowling Green was real.— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) February 3, 2017
Hey @KellyannePolls you are really good at making shit up, have you thought about taking an improv class?— Shannon O'Neill (@spotastic) February 3, 2017
Devastated to learn that Manti Te'o's girlfriend was one of the victims lost in the Bowling Green Massacre.— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) February 3, 2017
The SEAL Team that thwarted the Bowling Green Massacre. pic.twitter.com/DlPfhkmxHs— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) February 3, 2017
Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass' silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 3, 2017
Ah, the Bowling Green Massacre. Adele Dazeem deserves the death penalty for that one.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 3, 2017
We are— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 3, 2017
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The Bowling Green Massacre was a very serious massacre that did an amazing job of massacring and is getting recognized more and more— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 3, 2017
shame on Kellyanne Conway for attempting to politicize the Bowling Green massacre, in which I was killed— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) February 3, 2017
Someone ask Trump why he didn't do more to protect Frederick Douglass during the Bowling Green massacre.— Running Trent (@RunningTrent) February 3, 2017
The worst thing about the Bowling Green Massacre was the footage of all the Knockout Game participants cheering it on the news— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) February 3, 2017
It's almost like Republicans WANT another Bowling Green massacre. https://t.co/8wWUdPa3ZC— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) February 3, 2017
fake or not, I thought Mark Wahlbergs performance in the Bowling Green Massacre biopic was astonishing— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 3, 2017
this is the only evidence of a "bowling green massacre" I can find... pic.twitter.com/KN99xbzCVj— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) February 3, 2017
I wrote a doctoral thesis on the Bowling Green Massacre and now I have a Ph.D from Trump University. DeVos plagiarized it.— mauitam (@mauitam) February 3, 2017
Kellyanne Conway tweeted to correct herself, saying she meant to say: "Bowling Green terrorists."