White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who spends 24/7 deriding the media because they won’t give Trump positive strokes or “warm fuzzies,” stepped in it last night when she referenced the “Bowling Green massacre,” an event that never happened.
Reuters has the details:
On television late on Thursday, Conway spoke about two Iraqis who came to the United States and were radicalized, adding, erroneously, “and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.”
She then said: “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
In fact, in May 2011, two Iraqi men were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and charged with attempting to send weapons and money to al Qaeda in Iraq. They admitted to using improvised explosive devices against U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan pleaded guilty and were sentenced to life in prison and to 40 years in prison, respectively. Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States, prosecutors said.
Conway later tweeted that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” instead of “massacre.” And in another tweet, “Honest mistakes abound.”
Kellyanne Conway lambastes the media for ignoring the “Bowling Green Massacre,” which doesn’t exist (via @joesonka) pic.twitter.com/8AUxX5ZymO
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 3, 2017
And with that, the Twitterverse had a field day:
Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass’ silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 3, 2017
Can we please take a moment of alternative silence for the victims of the Bowling Green massacre. @KellyannePolls @POTUS
— Serenity S (@SerenitySweetB) February 3, 2017
I learned about the Bowling Green Massacre in my Alternative History class, taught by Betsy DeVos. Angry Grizzlies were involved.
— Dave Barabas (@Dave_Barabas) February 3, 2017
Guys, these Bowling Green Massacre jokes are a little too soon. Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place. #AltFacts
— Rob Lawson (@roblawsonjr) February 3, 2017
Ah, the Bowling Green Massacre. Adele Dazeem deserves the death penalty for that one.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) February 3, 2017
“fetch me my tie!” sean spicer screams.
“w-which tie, sir?”
“my tie! the one! my favourite shade: bowling green massacre.” pic.twitter.com/2eZIvhabWq
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) February 3, 2017
I witnessed the Bowling Green Massacre and it was terrifying. A picture I will never forget of that horrific day: pic.twitter.com/02YaoWLuET
— 🏳️🌈Pinko Nick🌹 (@nkclouisville) February 3, 2017
You coastal elites saying the Bowling Green massacre didn’t happen? Ohio State 77 – Bowling Green 10; Never forget. pic.twitter.com/ZqeAgy5lAF
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 3, 2017