Kellyanne Conway clarifies comment about false ‘Bowling Green massacre’

Trump aide claims she meant 'Bowling Green terrorists' when defending travel restrictions with inaccurate claim that Obama banned Iraqi refugees in 2011

A top aide to President Trump said on Friday she misspoke when she cited a 2011 “massacre” in Kentucky that never happened.

A day earlier, during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations by saying that former president Obama instituted a similar policy for Iraqi refugees in 2011.

“President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway said. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”

It didn’t happen.

Conway tweeted on Friday morning that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” during the interview.

Her description of the 2011 Obama administration policy as a ban was also a mischaracterization, which she didn’t correct.

Obama never banned Iraqi refugees or other Iraqi travelers from coming to the US. His administration did slow down the processing for Iraqis seeking special immigrant visas, which are given to translators and interpreters who worked with the US in that country.

The slowdown was prompted by the May 2011 arrest of two men in Kentucky charged with plotting to send weapons and money to al-Qaida operatives abroad. Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, were mistakenly admitted to the US as Iraqi refugees in 2009 and resettled in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Alwan and Hammadi are in prison after pleading guilty. They were never accused of plotting to launch attacks inside the US.

Conway later returned to the topic in response to a tweet from Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea. “Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack … or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre,” Clinton wrote. “Please don’t make up attacks.

“You can’t ‘invent’ quality candidates either,” Conway replied. “I misspoke; you lost the election.”

According to state department data, 9,388 Iraqi refugees were admitted to the US during the 2011 budget year. The data also shows that Iraqi refugees were admitted every month during the 2011 calendar year.

In addition, more than 7,800 Iraqis were allowed into the US on non-immigrant visas, including tourists, during the 2011 budget year, government data show.


Related Articles


  1. I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

  2. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  3. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

  4. Hello colleagues, its fantastic paragraph on the topic of teachingand completely defined, keep it up all the time.

  5. I’m pretty pleased to uncover this site. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and i also have you book-marked to see new information on your website.

  6. I just want to say I’m new to blogs and honestly enjoyed you’re web page. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You definitely come with tremendous well written articles. Kudos for sharing your website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker