President Donald Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, referenced a “Bowling Green massacre” while defending Trump’s travel ban on Thursday. The thing is, the Bowling Green massacre didn’t exactly happen. The internet is having a field day with Conway's latest gaffe, and there are Bowling Green massacre memes and tweets to prove it.
According to Conway, the masterminds of the so-called "massacre" that never happened were Iraqi refugees. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during a Feb. 2 interview. The Iraqi refugees Conway mentioned were likely actually two Iraqi men who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges after being arrested in 2011, the Washington Post reported. The men, who ended up in federal prison, had reportedly attempted to send resources to al Qaeda in their home country for the purposes of killing U.S. soldiers, according to a Justice Department report.
Since the men didn't successfully carry out a terrorist attack, it's pretty clear that no Bowling Green massacre happened. And fortunately for the residents of Bowling Green, Kentucky, there's actually never been a terrorist attack in the city, the Washington Post reported.
Of course, none of this is a good reason for implementing a travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven majority Muslim countries. But, you know. Alternative facts. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to Conway's Bowling Green massacre story:
Those poor green bowling balls. They never stood a chance.
So these ties are not just an ugly coincidence. They must have been worn in memoriam of the Bowling Green massacre. pic.twitter.com/Hxjxp3ok71— Anne Tastic (@justannetastic) February 3, 2017
Someone called the fashion police on House Speaker Paul Ryan and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for their ties.
God I hope someone tells Trump that Frederick Douglass died in the Bowling Green Massacre.— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 3, 2017
Some people managed to work Trump's strange mention of Frederick Douglass during a Black History Month speech into their digs at Conway.
Devastated to learn that Manti Te'o's girlfriend was one of the victims lost in the Bowling Green Massacre.— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) February 3, 2017
For anyone who doesn't remember, Manti Te'o's girlfriend never existed. Just like the Bowling Green massacre.
For every RT this tweet gets I will personally donate one imaginary dollar to the victims of the Bowling Green Massacre.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 3, 2017
Some people are so generous, donating so much imaginary money to imaginary victims!
Rest In Peace
Here are all the names of the people that perished in the Bowling Green Massacre. May they Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/vB3k6vNz2y— Sam Z Comedy (@SamZComedy) February 3, 2017
And there you have it.
This is the only Bowling Green Massacre I have ever heard of: pic.twitter.com/27M7SIRL3g— Jen Myers (@downhiller1976) February 3, 2017
Some were quick to point out that there had in fact been a Bowling Green massacre. Except that it involved football. And no one actually died from it.
Thank you, @KellyannePolls for reminding us about the famous Bowling Green Massacre, which occurred on February 30th at 13:00.— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 3, 2017
From alternative facts to alternative times.
*takes a long drag off cigarette*— Alex Alvarez (@soalexgoes) February 3, 2017
ay, lads. i remember the bowling green massacre as if it were just made up today.
Strange. It does kind of seem like the Bowling Green massacre was just made up not so long ago.
If your anti-trump punk band has been searching for a name you could do a lot worse than Bowling Green Massacre— Sex Killerson (@StuntBirdArmy) February 3, 2017
I almost want to start a band now just so I can use this name.
if you'd like to donate to the fund for the victims of the bowling green massacre please PayPal me directly— Max Read (@max_read) February 3, 2017
Some people try to profit off of everything.
Out of curiosity, I googled “Bowling Green massacre” and was directed to a now-closed haunted house. https://t.co/PqvphJZpbH— Zach Lowe (@zlowe) February 3, 2017
Obviously it happened; the haunted house is closed now.
He was killing bowls... on the green.
Didn't the Bowling Green Massacre happen around the same time that movie where Sinbad plays a genie hit theaters?— Jody Houser (@Jody_Houser) February 3, 2017
Just to be clear, the Sinbad genie movie never happened, even if a whole generation seems to remember it.
everyone's making fun of the bowling green massacre but that's incredibly disrespectful because actually i died in it— jabba the slut (@maximumplum) February 3, 2017
This person seems to be tweeting from the grave.
We Should Wait
Finding these Bowling Green Massacre jokes to be a little too soon. Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place.— Justin Shanes (@justinshanes) February 3, 2017
Have some respect!
The Sickest Burn Of All
The only victim of the Bowling Green Massacre is Kellyanne Conway's credibility.— Michael Blackman (@ParaComedian09) February 3, 2017
Ouch. Though to be fair, Conway may have lost her credibility somewhere around the time she called blatant falsehoods "alternative facts." Perhaps, the Bowling Green massacre will simply go down in history as yet another alternative fact.