A senior advisor to new US President Donald Trump has been accused of ‘inventing a massacre’ to justify the administration’s ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, senior advisor Kellyanne Conway cited the fictional “Bowling Green massacre,” to justify the recent ban.
Citing an incident in 2011 in which two Iraqi nationals were arrested over a failed attempt to send money and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq, Conway said:
“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 radicalised and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
Many social media users and journalists have ridiculed Conway saying the incident wasn’t covered because there was no such massacre.
The Cato Institute has released a report saying that foreign nationals from the seven countries targeted by Trump’s travel ban – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – have not killed any Americans on US soil between 1975 and 2015.