On Feb. 2, Conway stated, “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,” she said.
Her statement is incorrect on all counts:
- President Obama never had a ban on Iraqi refugees. After the incident (which was not a terror attack) in Bowling Green, K.Y., there was more an extensive screening conducted on the recent Iraqi immigrants. This slowed down the immigration process, but there was never a ban.
- The two Iraqi men were sentenced for life in prison, but not for planning an attack on the United States.
- There was no massacre in Bowling Green. These were the only two Iraqis refugees ever even linked with terrorism, but they did not go through with or even attempt what Conway is accusing them of.
- Most people don’t know about the “Bowling Green Massacre” because it didn’t happen, not because it happened but wasn’t covered. In fact, the actual incident was reported about 90 times.
Her false claims are now being mocked all over the internet, for good reason.
— Joe Sonka 😐 (@joesonka) February 3, 2017
I was a student at BGSU when the Bowling Green Massacre didn't happen. I'll never be able to not forget what I didn't see that day.🙏
— Jim Osborne (@ozzy4873) February 3, 2017
I've been asked to improvise at The Bowling Green Massacre Fundraiser. Said no. Figured @KellyannePolls makes stuff up better than me.
— Wayne Brady (@WayneBrady) February 3, 2017
Bowling Green Massacre pic.twitter.com/p3UquibSKA
— Daily Snark (@DailySnark) February 3, 2017
You can donate to the families of those not affected here.
Let’s all have a moment of silence for the fictional victims of the unplanned and non-existent Bowling Green Massacre.
On a serious note, it is appalling that Trump is firing people that don’t agree with him, but is okay with having people working under him in prominent positions who justify lying, and invent “alternative facts” to write off an entire group of innocent and needy people.