On Thursday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway invented a terrorist attack in order to justify President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Conway tried to explain to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that most people don’t know about “the Bowling Green massacre” because “it didn’t get covered.” The truth is that nobody knows about the Bowling Green massacre because it never happened.
Conway was referring to two Iraqi citizens who lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky and were arrested for trying to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda. However, she was embellishing, to say the least, when she claimed that a massacre took place and that the media never covered the situation.
After Conway’s interview, “Bowling Green massacre” became the number one trending topic on Twitter, and many people — including the managing editor of the Bowling Green Daily News — trolled her with tweets about the fictitious event.
Here are all the names of the people that perished in the Bowling Green Massacre. May they Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/vB3k6vNz2y
— SamZee (@SamZComedy) February 3, 2017
I was the @bgdailynews' city editor when the Bowling Green Massacre didn't happen.
— Daniel Pike (@DPikeBGDN) February 3, 2017
Tweets are not the only option for mocking Conway’s warped version of history, though. Someone took their trolling even further and created website, titled “The Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund,” to make fun of Conway and those who believed her “alternative facts.”
The website’s description reads as follows:
‘We all still carry the vivid memories of what horrors occurred at Bowling Green, but some still relive those moments everyday as they work to rebuild a community torn apart.’
It also includes a direct quote from Conway’s interview:
‘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.’
Those who visit the website are given the option to donate to the “victims” of the Bowling Green massacre. However, when someone clicks on the “Donate Now” button, they are directed to the donation page for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Donations to the ACLU, an organization that works “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States,” have skyrocketed following the implementation of Trump’s travel ban. The ACLU raised more than $24 million online in the first few days following the introduction of the executive order, nearly seven times what they raised in 2015.
Featured image is a screenshot from the website.