Kellyanne Conway is at it again.
She is still lying about the “Bowling Green Massacre” she invented last week during an interview on MSNBC.
Here’s the recap: So Trump’s senior adviser appeared on “Hardball” on Thursday to discuss (read: defend) her boss’ blatantly discriminatory immigration ban on people coming to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, which include Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iran and Iraq.
Conway’s justification of the travel ban included an example of a terrorist attack carried out by Iraqi refugees in May, 2011, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
She referred to it as the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
But it was all a lie.
Conway was distorting the details of an incident that occurred in Bowling Green in 2011 when two Iraqi nationals were found guilty of having ties to IEDs (improvised explosive device) and of transferring money and weapons to insurgents in Iraq.
There was no massacre. There wasn't even an attempted attack.
The so-called massacre never happened and when the world pointed this fact out, Conway responded to the outrage by telling yet another lie. She said her reference to the “Bowling Green Massacre” an “honest mistake.”
It was not.
Honest mistakes are innocent; they mean no harm.
Conway’s lie was not innocent and it intended malice. Also, it wasn’t a one-time slip of the tongue.
Cosmopolitan.com reports Trump’s aide previously used the fictitious massacre during an interview held last month. In fact, she even gave details of the fake attack during that particular exchange:
“[T]wo 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.”
Trump’s adviser justified the president’s executive order (read: ban) barring refugees and citizens traveling to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries with the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
On the same day, Conway gave another interview to TMZ, during which she again referenced to the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
“There were two Iraqis who came here, got radicalized, joined ISIS, and then were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green attack on our brave soldiers.”
So, it appears Conway’s reference to the non-existent massacre is more a ploy to justify Trump’s Islamophobia than a mere slip of the tongue.
After all, a senior adviser to the leader of the free world should know better than to spout false information — time and again — to the press.
But this is Conway we are talking about — the woman who coined the term “alternative facts” to justify lies — so what else can we expect?
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