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Fake Vigil Honors 'Bowling Green Massacre' Victims

| by Brendan Kelly

A group of New Yorkers held a vigil in Manhattan for the non-existent victims of the Bowling Green massacre, an event referred to by President Donald Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway, which never occurred.

In a Feb. 2 interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Conway, the counselor to the president, defended Trump's ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries by citing a terrorist attack that never happened, according to The Washington Post.

Conway pointed to an incident in which she says two Iraqi refugees were the masterminds behind the "Bowling Green massacre," adding, "Most people don't know that because it didn't get covered."

The "Bowling Green massacre" was not a real incident, and Conway later defended herself, saying that she misspoke and intended to say, "Bowling Green terrorists," in reference to two men living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who were indicted for attempting to send weapons to members of al Qaeda. 

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As seen in New York City on Feb. 3, many used the non-existent incident to criticize Conway and the Trump administration. At the Bowling Green subway station in Manhattan, a group gathered to hold a fake vigil for the imaginary victims of the "Bowling Green massacre."

The group at the vigil held signs that read, "We are all Bowling Green," and "Never forget," while chanting phrases such as, "Bowling Green -- never remember, always forget," according to The Hill.

A similar fake candlelight vigil was held in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Feb. 3.

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Social media users were quick to point out that the attack never occurred and to mock Conway for fabricating a terrorist attack.

Comedian Justin Shares tweeted on Feb 3: "Finding these Bowling Green Massacre jokes to be a little too soon. Out of respect, we should wait until it takes place," The Washington Post reports.

The "Bowling Green Massacre" quickly became Twitter's No. 1 trending topic, with many users sharing where they were "when the Bowling Green Massacre didn't happen," according to The Washington Post.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, also acknowledged the non-existent attack in a tweet, taking on a more serious tone about the incident than others.

"Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack ...or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre," Clinton wrote in the Feb. 3 tweet. "Please don't make up attacks."

Clinton's tweet was retweeted more than 35,000 times and received more than 100,000 likes.

Sources: The Hill, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Frank Posillico/Twitter, Aaron Mitchell/Twitter