In Defense of Globally Protested Muslim Travel Ban, Kellyanne Conway ‘Alternative Facts’ the Hell Out of Bowling Green Massacre—It Never Happened

Welcome to Trumpland, ladies and gentleman,
where whatever you say is true!
Life’s always a blast in Trumpland folks,
because there are no freaking rules!

So Shakespeare it definitely is not but this little ditty popped almost instantaneously in my head when I woke up this morning to read the latest hijinks by Senior Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway. In speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, in reference to the Trump Administration’s imposition of the globally contested muslim travel ban, she 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. It didn’t get covered.”
-Kellyanne Conway, Trump Administration Senior Advisor

Ok, so, Conway must know something that every last law enforcement and intelligence agency in the country does not know because there literally is no such thing as a Bowling Green Massacre. It didn’t happen. AT ALL. Period. And neither did her claim that President Obama imposed a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program. And media outlets from both sides of the aisle agree that neither of these “alternative facts” resemble so much as a frisson of truth.

What Conway erroneously referenced was the case of Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Sharif Hammed, to Iraqi refugees who, by all accounts, should not have made it into the United States. They were arrested in 2011 on terrorism charges but the courts found they weren’t plotting to do anything on U.S. soil. Rather, they came to the United States to acquire weapons to take to al Qaeda. Granted, this isn’t a pretty picture either, which is why once this plot was uncovered, President Obama ordered additional vetting of all Iraqi refugees already in the U.S. at the time. Which, of course, caused a bit of a backlog from new ones coming into the U.S., a fact which debunks Conways claim of Obama imposing a travel ban similar to Trump’s. There’s a huge difference between doing due diligence and insuring there’s no more a; Qaeda operatives in the U.S. verses telling the world that refugees simply aren’t welcome here anymore. Diplomatic apples and oranges, people. 

But I won’t go into all the minutiae, as it can be easily researched. I just wanted to present enough background on this story to highlight, yet again, how careless, reckless, condescending and disrespectful to the American people this administration is. Think about it. First Trump gives the middle finger to all of his supporters by doing the old bait and switch regarding his tax returns. He promised he would show them. But now, with no explanation, he is not and never will. And today, we have his top echelon mouthpiece blatantly lying about a nonexistent terror event to impose fear on the American people so we can all feel better about this inhumane and unconstitutional crapshoot of a muslim travel ban they’re shoving down our collective throats. Well, open wide and take it, America, because this is what we, the people voted for.

Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins

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