President Trump’s top aide Kellyanne Conway has claimed that she “misspoke” when referring to the “Bowling Green Massacre.” As it turns out, she was using that term days before her MSNBC interview.
Conway sat down for an interview with Cosmopolitan on Jan. 29 when she referred to the “Bowling Green massacre,” as a terrorist attack — despite the event never actually occurring.
She referred to the attack as a way to defend the president’s order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Conway told Cosmo that former President Barack Obama had called for a temporary “ban on Iraqi refugees” following the “Bowling Green Massacre.”
“Why did he do that? He did that for exactly the same reasons,” Conway told Cosmopolitan.
“He did that because two 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.”
Following her comments on MSBNC the Fox News personality was forced to backtrack, noting that “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,” she claimed.
The event was never covered because it never happened. She later corrected herself, sharing a 2013 ABC News report which referenced two terrorists from al Qaeda in Iraq who had been living in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
After she claimed to have “misspoke,” she went on to question “haters” who questioned her outright lie.
“I should have said ‘plot’ or I should have just called them ‘terrorists.’ … I clarified immediately. I should have said terrorists and not ‘massacre,’” Conway told Fox News’s “Media Buzz.”
“I’m sure it will live on for a week.”
Cosmopolitan asked her to clarify her original statement to which she said it was a “plot to massacre and they were Bowling Green terrorists.”
“Those were evil men who bragged about attacking American soldiers,” she told the publication via text message.
“Frankly they were terrorists in Bowling Green but their massacre took place in Iraq. At least this got clear-thinking people to focus on what did happen in Bowling Green. I gave new life to that ABC News investigative report and the fact that these two Iraqi nationals came to the US with a plan of death and destruction.”
Maryanne Conway’s comments came just one week after it was discovered that she had plagiarized large portions of her best-selling book and her Ph.d. dissertation, among various other text.
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