Conway, who is appropriately most famous for rebranding ‘outright lies’ as ‘alternative facts’, brought up the 100% fictional terror attack when being interviewed about Trump’s travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Metro.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for the Hardball program on Thursday evening, Conway compared Trump’s widely-condemned executive order to what she called a ‘six-month ban’ apparently imposed by Barack Obama in response to the ‘Bowling Green massacre’.
‘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.’
Of course, the reason it didn’t get covered is because it never happened.
Although Matthews didn’t challenge her on the claim at the time, it was later roundly debunked by almost everyone – with some suggesting she had become confused with another terror-related conviction of two Iraqi men, who happened to live in the small Kentucky town of Bowling Green.
Those men, who were arrested in 2011, were sentenced to life for plotting to attack US soldiers in Iraq, and of sending weapons and money to al Qaeda. But they were never suspected of having plotted attacks on US soil.
Announcing their convictions in 2012, the US department of justice said: ‘Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States.’
Following their conviction there was a six-month review of the vetting processes of refugee applications from Iraq.
Naturally, it wasn’t long before people started taking the mick on Twitter.
Meanwhile, research conducted by the Cato Institute showed that between 1975 and 2015, no foreign nationals from the countries targeted by Trump’s ban have actually killed any Americans.