President Trump’s adviser defended his refugee ban by apparently referring to an “alternative fact.”
President Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview Thursday night that Trump’s refugee ban was justifiable because of the “Bowling Green Massacre.” The only problem: no such massacre ever occurred.
Conway referenced the “massacre” in an interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball, claiming “most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
“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.”
While it wasn't known what Conway was referring to, she may have been pointing to a 2011 incident involving two Iraqi nationals who lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The pair was indicted for allegedly carrying out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against US troops in Iraq. But there is no indication that the two men committed any violent offenses in Kentucky.
Obama did review vetting procedures of refugees coming from Iraq after the arrests of the men, but there was no ban.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what Conway meant.