What reality is Kellyanne Conway living in?
It's clearly not ours.
The counselor to President Donald Trump referred to the fabricated Bowling Green massacre, in numerous interviews, to justify the new administration's controversial travel ban on immigrants and refugees.
On Hardball With Chris Matthews, Conway cited the nonexistent Bowling Green massacre as the reason why former President Barack Obama ordered to suspend the U.S. Iraqi Refugee Program for six months.
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.
Later, after being the subject of much derision and mockery for her statement, she back-paddled on Twitter by saying her comment was an "honest mistake," and that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorist," referring to the two Iraqi refugees who were apprehended in Bowling Green in 2011 on charges linked to terrorism.
But did she cave in to the pressure by making that apology?
When someone wants something to be true, it can manifest as an alternative reality. Maybe that's what happened because Conway used the exact same phrasing of "Bowling Green Massacre" before in a phone interview with "Cosmopolitan" on January 29.
Referring to Obama, Kellyanne said in the interview:
He did, it’s a fact. Why did he do that? He did that for exactly the same reasons. He did that because two Iraqi nationals came to this country, joined ISIS, traveled back to the Middle East to get trained and refine their terrorism skills, and come back here, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre of taking innocent soldiers' lives away.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed the real facts by issuing "Cosmopolitan" a Justice Department press release. It states that Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan "admitted using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against U.S. soldiers in Iraq" and "attempted to send weapons and money to al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers."
But no attack ever took place on U.S. soil.
With her back-paddling skills, Conway wrote back Cosmopolitan after being reached for comments:
It was a plot to massacre and they were Bowling Green terrorists. That's what I should have said. I clarified.
And when she was further prodded on how she obtained her information, Conway responded in a followup comment:
Frankly they were terrorists in Bowling Green but their massacre took place in Iraq. At least this got clear-thinking people to focus on what did happen in Bowling Green. I gave new life to that ABC News investigative report and the fact that these two Iraqi nationals came to the US with a plan of death and destruction.
Who knows what other alternative facts she'll have to back-paddle through in the future? It seems Trump's intrepid counselor is poised for a victory lap.