Kellyanne Conway and Chelsea Clinton Trade Twitter Barbs Over ‘Alternative Facts’
Kellyanne Conway is facing backlash after mentioning a massacre that never actually happened
After Conway referred to the non-existent “Bowling Green massacre” during a Thursday interview with MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews, many were quick to correct — and criticize — her on social media.
Among the critics was Clinton, who fired off a biting tweet Friday morning that read: “Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack …or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre. Please don’t make up attacks.”
It didn’t end there. Conway responded to the former first daughter several hours later with an equally scathing tweet referencing mother Hillary Clinton‘s false claim that she landed in Bosnia under heavy sniper fire in 1996.
“Bosnia lie a Great reminder,” Conway wrote. “And 2 @ChelseaClinton & others, you can’t “invent” quality candidates either. I misspoke; you lost the election.”
Conway cited the phony “Bowling Green massacre” on Thursday in an effort to defend President Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
The 50-year-old later clarified that she was referring to the two Iraqi men who lived in the city when they were arrested for “terrorist activities.”
Mohanad Hammadi and Waad Alwan admitted to using improvised explosive devices against U.S. soldiers in Iraq — not in Bowling Green — and were accused of attempting to send money and weapons to al-Qaeda, according to the Department of Justice.
Hammadi was sentenced to life in federal prison and Alwan was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison followed by a life term of supervised release, according to the Department.
In the interview, Conway also noted that former President Barack Obama first identified the countries affected by Trump’s ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
She added that Trump’s controversial policy is similar to “what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”
However, Obama did not ban visas for Iraqi refugees for six months.
In 2016, Obama added Somalia, Yemen and Libya to a list of “countries of concern,” slowing down visa approvals for those who had visited the countries after March 1, 2011, according to The Hill. Iraq, Iran, Syria and Sudan have been on the list since 2015, the publication reports.
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The visa restrictions came in the aftermath of Hammadi and Alwan’s arrests, but there was never a point when Iraqi refugees were banned from entering the U.S. under Obama’s administration, the Post reports.
There were, however, more extensive background checks and vetting procedures imposed, thus slowing down visa approvals, according to the Post.
Clinton wasn’t the only one to go after Conway on social media. Here are some of the tweets criticizing her “Bowling Green massacre” gaffe:
“Please, a moment of alternative silence for the victims of the Bowling Green massacre,” another person tweeted.
“Guys, these Bowling Green Massacre jokes are a little too soon,” another wrote. “Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place. #AltFacts.”