Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway the appeared in a TV interview on Thursday night and made a fictitious statement to support Trump’s executive order that bans Muslims and refugees from entering the United States.
She told MSNBC:
I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a 6-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. It didn’t get covered.
Obama didn’t ban the Iraqi refugee program but merely put a pause on processing Iraqi refugee requests for six months in 2011 and there is no such thing as the ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that she referred to.
The pause was a result of two Iraqi citizens who lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were arrested in 2011 and are currently serving life sentences for terrorism offenses, as they failed to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq.
The hashtag #BowlingGreenMassacre was trending on Friday as users pointed out that the attack did not happen.
Let's never forget the hero of the #BowlingGreenMassacre…
— Steve King (@steveking_) February 3, 2017
— Sean Spicer Facts (@SeanSpicerFacts) February 3, 2017
Called into work this morning and had to remind my boss it was Bowling Green Massacre Remembrance Day. #BowlingGreenMassacre
— Eric (@Reaper_004) February 3, 2017
This administration remembers fake massacres, but can't acknowledge the one conducted by one of its fans in Quebec.#bowlinggreenmassacre
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) February 3, 2017