“Honest mistakes abound”
Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest counselors, has felt the wrath of social media on more than one occasion. More often than not, her primetime news interviews go a bit sideways, leading many to take to social media and have a good laugh at her expense. Sadly for Conway, her latest interview was no different.
While a guest on Chris Matthews’ MSNBC program Hardball, Conway tried her best to explain away her boss’s executive order to ban Muslims, referencing two radicalized Iraqis who committed the “Bowling Green massacre.” The only problem? That massacre never happened.
This alternative fact came after Matthews peppered the senior official with tough questions on whether the president has the authority to simply do away with civil servants who disagree with him after the firing of Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, who refused to defend the executive order. In response 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 radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
The claim was quickly debunked, but not before Twitter jumped in to turn the entire statement around and make Conway the butt of the joke. Check out a few of the best “alternative history” tweets below.
Mr. McMadeup Guy Had Such A Bright Future
We would like to hold a minute of silence for Author McMadeupguy, a brilliant young writer who died too young in the #BowlingGreenMasacre.— Electric Literature (@Electric Literature)1486146481.0
The Shooters Only Narrowly Missed Big Foot
Breaking: Bigfoot has been spotted at the #BowlingGreenMasacre eating Cheetos and listening to Russian knockoffs of the Beatles.— David Yankovich (@David Yankovich)1486152242.0
A Harrowing Image
Beryl Cook's depiction of the Bowling Green Massacre is particularly moving. https://t.co/AuoaY0xxB4— Andrea Mann (@Andrea Mann)1486114742.0
Where Were You When This Was Prevented?
I was a student at BGSU when the Bowling Green Massacre didn't happen. I'll never be able to not forget what I didn't see that day.🙏— Jim Osborne (@Jim Osborne)1486098849.0
A Fitting Tribute
Here are all the names of the people that perished in the Bowling Green Massacre. May they Rest In Peace https://t.co/vB3k6vNz2y— SamZee (@SamZee)1486099868.0
The City of Bowling Green Responds
Thank you @bgdailynews for fact checking. https://t.co/6PLgCsDAV9— Bowling Green KY (@Bowling Green KY)1486132153.0
Following the tweet storm, Conway herself took to social media to try and point fingers elsewhere. Here, she claims “honest mistakes abound” and admits her error.
1/2: Honest mistakes abound. Last night, prominent editor of liberal site apologized for almost running a story re: tweet from fake account— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1486129702.0
2/2: yet won't name him, attack him, get the base 2 descend upon him. Same with MLKJr bust fake story. It's called class, grace, deep breath— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1486129796.0
On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" as reported here: https://t.co/nB5SwIEoYI— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1486127681.0