If you’re an altruistic sort of person, (and these days, there’s plenty of organizations to donate your hard-earned cash) a new fund established Friday might pique your interest.
“The Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund” seeks to “directly support the victims and families directly affected by the Bowling Green Massacre” through monetary donations.
“As we join together with our thoughts and prayers, we will always remember how our fortitude and compassion unite us all through these difficult times,” the fund’s website reads.
The only problem is that “The Bowling Green Massacre” never happened, and no event in the city of Bowling Green, Ky., in modern history has ever been considered a massacre (unless, of course, you count the University of Memphis’ 77-3 massacre of Bowling Green’s football team last season, but even then, that happened in Memphis).
The fund website is a joke site, a joke made in response to Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s Thursday night claim in an MSNBC interview that the city of Bowling Green was the site of a massacre carried out by Iraqi terrorists. She made the erroneous claim in an attempt to argue in favor of President Trump’s immigration and refugee ban.
Conway also raked the media over the coals for not covering the nonexistent event.
“I bet, there was very little coverage — 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 radicalized — and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. I mean, most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
In a series of tweets Friday morning, Conway said the slip-up was an honest mistake, and again blamed the media for covering her slip-up instead of her intended remark, which was seemingly in reference to an ABC investigation on terrorists living in Bowling Green. She also steered the conversation toward other media members’ mistakes, and felt she should not have been attacked for her mistake: “Last night, prominent editor of liberal site apologized for almost running a story re: tweet from fake account.”
Bowling Green’s mayor, Bruce Wilkerson, issued a statement on Twitter Friday morning setting the record straight:
“It was recently cited in a national interview that a massacre occured in Bowling Green, Ky. in 2011. That statement has now been corrected.
“While in 2011, two Iraqi nationals living in bowling green were arrested for attempting to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq. there (sic) was no massacre in Bowling Green.
“‘I understand during a live interview how one can misspeak and appreciate the clarification,’ said Bowling green mayor Bruce Wilkerson.”
And as for that donations site? It goes to the ACLU.