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Trump advisor justifies travel ban with 'Bowling Green massacre' - which never happened

Kellyanne Conway also erroneously said that Trump’s travel ban is similar to a move by Barack Obama.

Source: MSNBC/YouTube

DONALD TRUMP’S ADVISOR Kellyanne Conway has told US TV that the President’s controversial travel ban would avoid events like the “Bowling Green massacre” – an event which never happened.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Trump’s former campaign manager said that Barack Obama had banned travel for Muslims in light of the massacre in Kentucky. But both parts of her answer are untrue.

“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.”

In 2011, two Iraqi refugees were arrested in Bowling Green on terrorism charges. When US authorities looked into the case, it transpired one of their fingerprints had been found on a roadside bomb used to attack American troops in Iraq.

That led to an Obama-ordered review of 57,000 asylum applications. Because of the intensive nature of the work, applications from Iraq were slowed down. However, no ban was ever ordered, nor was there any massacre or planned massacre in Bowling Green. The two men arrested, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were suspected of plotting to send money and weapons back to Iraqi insurgents, not attack America.

Twitter users have roundly mocked Conway’s comments, pointing out that the Massacre in Bowling Green is, in fact, a haunted house attraction.

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