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Kellyanne Conway, the South Jersey native who managed President Trump's campaign and is now an adviser to the president, has admitted she erred when she cited a massacre that never happened during a television interview.
On a Thursday interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Conway defended Trump's executive order that prohibits refugees and immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States.
She referenced to Iraqi refugees whom she called the "masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre."
The Hammonton native added: "Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered."
Kellyanne Conway cited the false "Bowling Green Massacre" during an interview with @HardballChris but later clarified she meant "terrorists" pic.twitter.com/cCymUHe4Ap
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 3, 2017
That's because no such massacre happened. There has never been a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., or Bowling Green, Ohio.
On Friday, Conway wrote on Twitter that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists."
On @hardball@NBCNews@MSNBC I meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" as reported here:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 3, 2017
She linked to a story that cited the criminal cases involving two Iraqi citizens who had been living in Bowling Green, Ky., who admitted in federal court to using improvised explosive devices against U.S. troops in Iraq and trying to send weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq.
One of them, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, was sentenced to life in prison, while the other, Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year term. Also contrary to Conway's claims, their cases were widely covered by newspapers and wire services.
City officials in Bowling Green, Ky., said they appreciated the clarification:
City of Bowling Green Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson makes statement. See attached. pic.twitter.com/XKIK0rLMM7
— Bowling Green KY (@CityofBGKY) February 3, 2017
Still, Conway's reference to the non-existent attack were roundly mocked in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
This is the only Bowling Green Massacre I know of. SAD. pic.twitter.com/iJZz1Q9w9g
— Dan (@HvyD4hc) February 3, 2017
When's the memorial service for victims of the Bowling Green Massacre, because I hear that Frederick Douglass is gonna speak.
— Dick Polman (@DickPolman1) February 3, 2017
RIP to everyone who died in the Bowling Green massacre. Sorry I missed this news while covering Wing Bowl.
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) February 3, 2017
I went to Bowling Green & the only #BowlingGreenMassacre I recall was in '06 when the entire dorm had food poisoning/stomach virus. #Fact
— Beth Cain (@bethhhcain) February 3, 2017
Hey @KellyannePolls, I found evidence of The Bowling Green Massacre!#BowlingGreenMasacrepic.twitter.com/NPM58H8qsG
— Aditya Jayakrishnan (@AdiJayakrishnan) February 3, 2017