Do you remember where you were during the horrific Bowling Green Massacre? Probably not, because it’s just something Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway made up while trying to justify the travel ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
During a Thursday night interview with Chris Matthews, the “alternative facts” proponent cited an underreported terror attack, while arguing that career civil servants shouldn’t have spoken out against Trump’s immigration order. 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 they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
Essentially the only accurate part of that statement is that there were no media reports fitting that description. It appears Conway is misstating details about a 2009 incident in which two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were arrested for plotting to send money and weapons to insurgents back in Iraq. In response to the incident, the processing of Iraq refugees was drastically slowed for six months in 2011, as the U.S. tightened up vetting procedures. As PolitiFact notes, hundreds of Iraqi refugees were still admitted to the U.S. during that time.