We’re already well aware of the fact that President Trump team member Kellyanne Conway has been criticized of having an, er, interesting relationship with the truth. She may try to explain things away as “alternative facts,” but that’s really just a shnazzy way of saying that she and those around her flat-out make stuff up (or, in other words, lie). A prime example is the “Bowling Green Massacre,” a made-up tragedy she tried to use in order to justify the controversial travel ban. Now, Cosmo has just revealed new info about Kellyanne Conway’s “Bowling Green Massacre.”
Conway first cited the non-existent incident in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last week. She claimed the massacre took place when Iraqi refugees were not properly vetted and went on to plot and carry out a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, KY. The important thing to remember is that this NEVER happened.
Conway later attempted to clarify her “mistake” in a tweet, and said that she’d meant to reference an incident where two Iraqi men were charged and jailed for trying to send money and weapons to Iraq while we were engaged in war.
However, Cosmo has discovered that this isn’t the first time Conway has referenced the fake “Bowling Green Massacre.”
While chatting with Cosmopolitan.com back in late January, just days before the now infamous interview on Hardball With Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway used the exact same wording, saying that then-President Barack Obama called for a temporary “ban on Iraqi refugees” after the “Bowling Green massacre.”
“He did; it’s a fact,” she continued. “Why did he do that? He did that for exactly the same reasons. He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills, and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers’ lives away.”
The quote didn’t make it into publication because when Cosmo reached out to the FBI for verification, their response was that “a couple of [the] facts seem incorrect” and sent a link to the official Justice Department press release regarding the sitch that Kellyanne originally misrepresented.
When Cosmo contacted Kellyanne Conway about their original interview, she basically repeated her tweet by saying in a text, “It was a plot to massacre and they were Bowling Green terrorists. That’s what I should have said. I clarified.”
Perhaps next time she may want to clarify the deets before doing multiple interviews with false (or alternative?) facts.
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(h/t Cosmopolitan; photos via Mark Wilson + Mark Wilson + Kevin Hagen/Getty)