Kellyanne Conway Explains ‘Bowling Green Massacre': I Meant ‘Terrorists’

Trump adviser tweets after referencing nonexistent killing during interview on Thursday night

Last Updated: February 3, 2017 @ 8:09 AM

Kellyanne Conway is not trying to back up this particular “alternative fact.”

After referencing the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, Conway tweeted early Friday morning that she had misspoke.

“On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” as reported here,” she wrote, followed by a link to a 2013 ABC News story about two Iraqi refugees who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky after it was discovered they had been trained by al-Qaeda and had attacked U.S. troops in their home country.

Conway was roundly mocked on Thursday for her reference to the “massacre,” with TV writer Aaron Fullerton (Graceland) joking online, “Who taught Kellyanne Conway history, Betsy DeVos?”

Conway’s statement about Bowling Green came after she was grilled on President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program,” Conway told Matthews, “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.”