Tuesday 16 January 2018

The internet is trolling Kellyanne Conway with a 'Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund' website

Kellyanne Conway's fake massacre story is raising real money for a good cause

Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s top counselor, during MSNBC interview
Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s top counselor, during MSNBC interview

Sasha Brady

Kellyanne Conway was widely mocked when she described a fake "massacre" to justify Donald Trump's immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

In an interview with MSNBC last week, Conway said that two Iriqis who came to the US had been radicalised and "were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre".

If you heard that interview and felt completely clueless for being unaware that such a tragedy had occurred, don't feel bad. It didn't happen. It was just one of those "alternative facts" that the Trump administration are so fond of throwing about.

Following the interview, a website called the Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund was set up.

A message on the site reads: "We all still carry the vivid memories of what horrors occurred at Bowling Green, but some still relive those moments every day as they work to rebuild a community torn apart."

There's also a "donate" button on the website which allows visitors to the site to donate money to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Conway, who was Trump's campaign manager during the presidential election, acknowledged and corrected her statement Friday morning on Twitter. But it wasn't the first time she had pushed the fake massacre story. Cosmopolitan magazine reports that she did the same thing last month in an interview they published with her.

“[T]wo 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," she told the magazine.

The internet has also responded by setting up a hashtag #NeverRemember started trending, marking themselves as “safe” on Facebook and over the weekend, people even went as far as to hold a fake vigil for the victims of Bowling Green, the massacre that never happened.

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