Conway Clarifies 'Bowling Green Massacre' Comment After Sparking Uproar
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 3, 2017
President Donald Trump's Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway clarified a comment in which she mistakenly referred to a "Bowling Green Massacre."
She said Friday on Twitter that she meant to say "terrorists" instead of "massacre," referencing a 2013 ABC News story on two suspected terrorists living as refugees in Kentucky.
According to the story: "The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints."
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 3, 2017
Speaking on MSNBC Thursday, Conway was defending Trump's executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven countries identified as hotbeds of terrorist activity.
"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," she said.
Social media users and news outlets were quick to call out Conway for the error, as "Bowling Green Massacre" became the top trending topic on Twitter
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 3, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) February 3, 2017
shame on Kellyanne Conway for attempting to politicize the Bowling Green massacre, in which I was killed
— PAPPADEMAS (@PAPPADEMAS) February 3, 2017
Finding these Bowling Green Massacre jokes to be a little too soon. Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place.
— Justin Shanes (@justinshanes) February 3, 2017