Kellyanne Conway thinks she took too much flak for citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" to justify President Donald Trump's travel ban. She said she simply meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists," and she later said, "I misspoke one word."
Except now she doesn't appear to have misspoken at all; she seems to have believed that the Bowling Green massacre was a real thing.
How do we know? Because she cited the same nonexistent attack in separate interviews with two other outlets - Cosmopolitan magazine and TMZ.
While discussing why former president Barack Obama halted refugees from Iraq in 2011, Conway explained to Cosmo on Jan. 29: "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."
"He did that because, I assume, there were two Iraqis who came here, got radicalized, joined ISIS, and then were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green attack on our brave soldiers," she said.
the two men "admitted using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and ... attempted to send weapons and money to al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers." The FBI did not say the two men traveled back to the Middle East to train for an attack. And there was no attack on U.S. soil.
Conway's initial quote last week about Bowling Green - with MSNBC's Chris Matthews - was that the Iraqis were the "masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre." And it seemed plausible that she meant the men were the "masterminds" of the actual plot, which was to send weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq.
But "masterminds" is also a word that generally connotes a complex terrorist act. And now we have these new quotes showing Conway believed this "Bowling Green massacre" involved overseas training and "taking innocent soldiers' lives away" in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Trump supporters may dismiss this as quibbling, given that the men did target U.S. soldiers in Iraq. But Trump's travel ban is aimed at preventing domestic terrorism, of which Bowling Green isn't an example. Yet Conway cited it three times as justification and seemed to believe a massacre occurred there.