Oh Twitter, never change.
The unique social media platform is constantly chomping at the bit to send politicians’ questionable, dubious — and potentially funny — statements through the ringer. The latest recipient of the Twitter treatment is Trump’s top adviser and former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.
Late Thursday night while appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway made up a massacre. She cited an incident that did not exist. She just made it up.
While being pressed by Matthews to defend Donald Trump’s recently enacted travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Conway cited the “Bowling Green Massacre” as evidence for why such a ban is necessary.
There, however, was never a Bowling Green Massacre. There is no incident that is known by that name, and there is no incident that could legitimately be known by that name.
What Conway apparently had in mind was the 2009 discovery of two Iraqi members of Al-Qaeda living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They admitted to investigators that they attacked American soldiers in Iraq and had continued their plotting against Americans while living in the U.S.
Mind you, these refugees made it into the U.S. under the guidelines put in place by the presidential administration of George W. Bush, not President Obama. Obama responded appropriately to the discovery of the terrorists living in Kentucky, making Iraqi immigration effectively grind to a halt for six months in 2011 as White House officials worked to make sure that U.S. immigration policy did not allow terrorists to slip through into the U.S.
There is no legitimacy in comparing Obama’s actions with Trump’s. Obama responded with his visa processing suspension to an acute incident. There, however, has been no incident to warrant Trump’s visa processing suspension.
Twitter users, for their part, weren’t about to let Conway live it down that she’d made up a massacre in her deluded efforts to defend Trump’s Muslim ban.
A selection of hilarious takes on Conway’s gaffe are featured below. Some of them reference the gaffe from earlier this week when President Trump spoke of renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the present tense — even though Douglass has been dead for well over 100 years.
Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass' silence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre.
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) February 3, 2017
One still shudders to think how bad the Bowling Green massacre would've been if not for the heroic intervention of Fred Douglass.
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) February 3, 2017
Please donate anything you can spare to Nigerian Prince Emmanuel's fund for the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre.
— yeeli (@mecdemonde) February 3, 2017
*Betsy DeVos hurriedly adds Bowling Green Massacre to school curriculum*
— Mollzotov Cocktail (@mollzbenn) February 3, 2017
— Keith Barber (@KeithDB80) February 3, 2017
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