As Counselor to the President, political activist Kellyanne Conway has an extremely important job: advising Donald Trump on decisions whilst in charge at the Oval Office, as well as justifying the choices the President makes to the American people. After President Trump came under fire for his immigration ban last week, Conway passionately defended the ban, citing an Iraqi plot in Bowling Green, Kentucky as a key factor in blocking immigration to the United States 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.”
In a way, Kellyanne Conway was right. Yes, the Bowling Green Massacre was brand new information to the American people. No, it didn’t get covered in the mainstream media. That, however, is probably because the Bowling Green Massacre never happened.
In the internet age, it’s extremely difficult to get away with cooking up a fake terrorist attack to promote a political agenda, even if you are the pioneer of “alternative facts”. Kellyanne Conway is being savaged on social media for the bald-faced lie and some of the internet reactions are hilarious.
As hilarious as the idea of a fake terrorist plot (and the subsequent internet reaction) is, the Bowling Green Massacre debacle is another example of a worrying tendency by Kellyanne Conway to actively bend the truth. The Twitter reaction to this particular lie caused Conway to adjust her statement after the fact and it seems the internet is going to have to continue to call Conway’s bluff on political soundbites in order to keep her honest.
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