Kellyanne Conway explains Bowling Green massacre claim: 'I meant to say terrorists, not massacre'

Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway makes up 'Bowling Green massacre' terror attack

Kellyanne Conway is the subject of internet ridicule this morning

Friday, February 3, 2017

Kellyanne Conway has attempted to explain her bizarre 'Bowling Green Massacre' claim by saying it was a slight slip of the tongue.

In an interview with MSNBC, Conway - one of Donald Trump's top advisors - claimed that two refugees from Iraq who entered the US under the Obama administration were behind the 'Bowling Green massacre'.

Much to her embarrassment, it was immediately apparent that the event never actually took place - and scores of people flooded Twitter to tell her so.

However Conway now claims it was a simple mistake, saying she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" and got her words slightly wrong.

There is some tangible evidence that her claim is legitimate. In 2013 the US Department of Justice issued a press release about an incident which had taken place two years earlier, when two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green, Kentucky were jailed after admitting to using explosive devices against American soldiers in Iraq, as well as supporting Al-Qaeda with money and weapons. 

However Conway's defence is unlikely to earn her any respite from the firestorm of criticism which has engulfed her since she made the unfortunate claim.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is fiercely anti-Trump, has even turned the furore to its advantage by seeting up a 'Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund'. The fund's 'donate' page diverts to the ACLU website.

It's been a particularly unhappy Friday for Mr Trump all round, with Twitter users ripping into him in droves over his command that female stuff must "dress like a woman."