Conway's 'Massacre' Reference Wasn't Her Only One
'Cosmopolitan' resurrects interview
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Kellyanne Conway listens during a White House briefing.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Kellyanne Conway took flak last week when she justified President Trump's travel ban with a reference to the "Bowling Green massacre." When critics pointed out that no such massacre ever occurred, she acknowledged that she misspoke in the MSNBC interview. But now the story is again in the news: Cosmopolitan reports she used the same phrase in an interview days before her appearance on MSNBC. In the Cosmo quote, she says President Obama called for a temporary ban on Iraqi refugees in 2011. “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.”

Conway is referring to the arrest of two men from Iraq in Bowling Green who were convicted of trying to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda to be used against US soldiers. "It was a plot to massacre and they were Bowling Green terrorists," Conway tells Cosmopolitan in a followup text. "That's what I should have said.” She added that she's happy her comments have drawn attention to the fact "that these two Iraqi nationals came to the US with a plan of death and destruction." A blogger at the Washington Post points out that Trump's travel ban is meant to stop domestic terrorism, while Conway's example is about an overseas plot. "Yet Conway cited it twice as justification and seemed to believe a massacre occurred there." But a post at the Washington Times thinks her larger point is valid and sees the criticism as a "liberal pile-on."

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