Kellyanne Conway cited some alternative history last night when she excoriated the media for failing to cover the Bowling Green massacre, a despicable terrorist attack that she said led the Obama administration to instate a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program. Of course, like Trump's massive inauguration crowds and Hillary Clinton's three million fraudulent votes, the Bowling Green massacre never happened. Neither did Obama's refugee ban, actually, but that's a more complicated story.
Conway made her delusional little oopsy on Hardball last night, which was lucky for her, since host Chris Matthews didn't even bother to correct her. "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 they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre," Conway said. "Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered."
— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) February 3, 2017
It didn't get covered because it was never a thing. What Kellyanne was referring to, according to a tweet she made this morning, was an incident in 2011, when investigators discovered two Iraqi refugees from Bowling Green were plotting to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda in Iraq. The investigation revealed a lapse in vetting, and the Obama administration tightened the background checks and screening procedures for Iraqi refugees, causing a dramatic six-month slowdown—not a ban.
Still, the internet has never met a Trump administration slip-up it couldn't meme (THERE ARE SO MANY!), and last night was a joy:
Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass' silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 3, 2017
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
RIP to those lost in the Bowling Green Massacre, and those who lost their life in grizzly bear attacks in schools #BowlingGreenMasacre
— Poetic Flavor (@PoeticFlavor) February 3, 2017
Beryl Cook's depiction of the Bowling Green Massacre is particularly moving. pic.twitter.com/AuoaY0xxB4
— Andrea Mann 👍 (@AndreaMann) 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
shame on Kellyanne Conway for attempting to politicize the Bowling Green massacre, in which I was killed
— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) February 3, 2017
RIP, 3-5 million illegal voters lost in the Bowling Green Massacre. #BowlingGreenMassacre
— Michael Beeman (@MichaelBeeman) February 3, 2017
We gotta get the laughs where we can. #NeverForget.