Kellyanne Conway had already faced derision for her claim that the White House was offering ‘alternative facts’ [Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images].

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and this is what happens when idiots get hold of it.

The claim that Trump’s so-called Muslim Ban is no worse than a similar action by Barack Obama – and in fact targets the same countries – has been circulating on the social media ever since the executive order was signed a few days ago.

But you could drive a juggernaut through the holes in this argument. For example: Just because Obama did something, that does not justify Trump doing the same or worse. And Obama was reacting to a situation; Trump had no reason to do what he did.

Now it seems the Trump apologists have had to go a step further, so they have fabricated a story about a non-existent massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to justify their stance.

The story has reached Kellyanne Conjob – sorry, Conway – and she has repeated it to the masses. She may even be the person who made it up in the first place.

And the worst part of it is that, now, there are people in the United States and around the world who will believe her, because she is a spokesperson for the current US government.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, has come in for criticism and ridicule after blaming two Iraqi refugees for a massacre that never happened.

Conway, the US president’s former campaign manager who has frequently faced the press to defend his controversial moves, cited the fictional “Bowling Green massacre” in an interview in which she backed the travel ban imposed on visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Interviewed by Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball programme on Thursday evening, Conway compared the executive order issued by Trump in his first week in the White House to what she described as a six-month ban imposed by his predecessor Barack Obama.

This claim has been debunked by commentators who have pointed out that the 2011 action was a pause on the processing of refugees from Iraq after two Iraqi nationals were arrested over a failed attempt to send money and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq.

Conway told Matthews: “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 radicalised and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.

“Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”

It didn’t get covered, many are now pointing out, because there was no such massacre.

The two Iraqi men arrested in 2011 did live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and are currently serving life sentences for federal terrorism offences. But there was no massacre, nor were they accused of planning one.

Source: Kellyanne Conway blames refugees for ‘Bowling Green massacre’ that never happened | US news | The Guardian

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