If you thought Donald Trump's obsession with make believe illegal voters and the size of his inauguration was strange, Kellyanne Conway's revelation that a make believe massacre occurred under President Obama's watch takes the weirdness to a completely new level.
Speaking to Chris Matthews on MSNBC on Thursday night, Conway defended Trump's chaotic Muslim immigrant ban by surreally inventing a massacre by Iraqi immigrants:
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 were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
Most people don't know that because it never happened. According to the Guardian:
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. The US department of justice, announcing their convictions in 2012, said: “Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States.”
Conway lied an astonishing four times in one sentence. Firstly, the media did report the arrest of the two Iraqi men and covered it extensively. Secondly, President Obama did not have a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program. Thirdly, there was no massacre, and fourthly, the Iraqi men were not accused or charged with masterminding anything.
After getting caught in the easily disprovable web of lies, Conway took to Twitter to continue lying about the lies she told:
If you look at the construct of her original sentence, it is abundantly clear that Conway absolutely meant to say "massacre":
Two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.
Replace the word "massacre" with the word "terrorist" and it makes no sense whatsoever. What exactly were they the masterminds of? Terrorists? Conway then amazingly attempted to shift the blame to the media for not bothering to ask what she meant:
So Conway creates a fake news story, then attacks the media for reporting on it by questioning their journalism. To call this surreal doesn't do it justice. We are fast approaching Soviet Union levels of Orwellian doublespeak, and it just keeps getting worse.