Where were you when the Bowling Green Massacre happened?
We’ve give you a minute to recall the gory details — the senseless lives lost, the renewed calls for gun violence — still struggling to remember? Think back to the late spring of 2011. Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby, and SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden. Do those current events bring back memories? Do you remember the 24-hour coverage of the bodies and gurneys on CNN? Or even a headline on Huffington Post?
Maybe Trump Advisor KellyAnne Conway can jog your memory. On Feb. 2, she said this about the massacre in defense of Donald Trump’s ban on travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries:
“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 were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
Turns out, the calamity in Bowling Green wasn’t just a regular massacre — it was literally an alternative massacre.
As in, it never happened.
Conway’s mythical massacre obviously stems from the May 2011 arrests of two Iraqi nationalists in Bowling Green, KY. They faced federal charges in connection with sending weapons and money to Al Qaeda soldiers in Iraq. However, there was no massacre in Bowling Green, and the two people arrested weren’t involved with any violence in the United States.
Did Conway spin her own web, or did Trump tell her to lie? We may never know.
But we’ll certainly never forget the Bowling Green Massacre. Out of respect for the victims — and that includes everyone who is regularly bombarded by KellyAnne Conway’s alternative facts — Americans should not let this massacre fade into memory.