Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, cited a nonexistent massacre to justify his highly controversial immigration ban.
Speaking to Chris Matthews on MSNBC on Thursday night, Conway said:
“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.”
It also never happened.
Conway, who last month described the Trump administration’s spin as “alternative facts,” appears to be referring to an incident in 2011 when two Iraqi refugees were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan believed they were sending money and weapons to al Qaeda in Iraq when in fact, they were caught in an FBI sting operation.
While Hammadi and Alwan were convicted in 2013 of terrorism and are currently imprisoned, there was no massacre in Bowling Green nor were they accused of planning or attempting one.
There was also no “ban” on the refugee program. As Business Insider reported, the Obama administration delayed processing refugees as it expanded screening measures; refugees already in the country were re-screened. Iraqi refugees continued to enter the country, just at a slower pace.
Now, now dear readers, don't rush to judgement here on poor Kellyanne. In fact, in her defense, The Gadfly, with a little Google snooping, just may have found video evidence of the infamous "Bowling Green Massacre" that Dear Kellyanne remembers to have occurred. Check out the video evidence:
Well -- you have to admit, it is "Bowling" of some sort, the water looks to be of a "Green" tint and it does appear that there were human casualties inflicted. And there you have it -- Kellyanne Conway's "Bowling Green Massacre."
The bigger story here isn't Conway's epic and daffy fail at employing raw, manufactured propaganda to support Dear Leader's agenda, it's really about how if it isn't clear by now that America is being led by a bunch of mentally unstable lying sociopaths and nobody seems to care -- well then we truly deserve whatever catastrophe these clowns have in store for us then don't we?