Bowling Green Massacre

Bowling Green Massacre

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Updated Feb 03, 2017 at 12:57PM EST by Don.

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Bowling Green Massacre is a fictional terror attack described by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a televised interview, which was widely mocked on social media in early February 2017.


On February 2nd, 2017, Conway appeared as a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews, where she asserted that an attack known as the "Bowling Green Massacre" occurred in 2009 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, leading President Barack Obama to impose a six-month ban on Iraqi refugees (shown below).

"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. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered."

Shortly after the interview was broadcast, Twitter user @joesonka published a clip of Conway referring to the fictional event, which gained over 14,000 retweets and 13,000 likes within 24 hours (shown below).


That evening, Twitter users began posting jokes about Conway's statements, many of which consisted of other unsubstantiated claims (shown below).[8]

Natasha Rothwell @natasharothwell " Follow Saddened and sickened by Frederick Douglass sllence surrounding the Bowling Green Massacre. RETWEETS LIKES t-.?OA·D 18,361 45,360 netw3rk @netw3rlk Follow The Bowling Green Massacre was a very serious massacre that did an amazing job of massacring and is getting recognized more and more RETWEETSLIKES 2,501 7,305 NOT ALT WORLD @NotAltWorld Follow NOT ALT WORLD The reason there's so much #FAKENEWS is because the real journalists all died covering the Bowling Green Massacre·#RESISTANCE #ALT FACT RETWEETS LIKES 1,992 5,718 .. 00 CRX

On February 3rd, Conway tweeted that she "meant to say 'Bowling Green terrorists," linking to a 2013 ABC News[6] article about two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky.[7]

Kellyanne Conway @KellyannePolls Follow On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" as reported here: Exclusive: 'Dozens' of Terrorists May Be in US as Refugees Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the Un.. RETWEETSLIKES 1,783 3,576 8:14 AM-3 Feb 2017 わ3K t: 1.8K 3.6K

That day, Snopes[1] published an article about Conway's interview, noting that no massacre ever took place. Also on February 3rd, the parody site BowlingGreenMassacreFund[2] was launched to help victims of the fictional terror attack, containing a "Donate Now" button which links to a donation page for the American Civil Liberties Union (shown below).


Meanwhile, two posts about Conway's interview reached the front page of /r/politics.[3][4] The same day, Redditor netoholic submitted a post speculating that Conway was playing "5D chess by manipulating the media to report on the story of Iraq terrorists who came to the United States as refugees to "">/r/The_Donald.[5] In the coming days, several news sites published articles about NY Mag,[9] The Daily Beast,[10] The Washington Post,[11] UpRoxx[12] and The Daily Dot.[13]

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in reply to Anti-Guy

That the fact that the advisors to the president are actually delusional fucking nutjobs willing to blatantly lie in order to push their nonsensical policies? It's not the fact that's she is an idiot, it's that she is an idiot with a frightening amount of power. And the worst part about it is there are people actually willing to defend this.


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