A poll released on Feb. 10 finds that most Americans who support President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority Muslim nations cite a fictitious massacre.
Forty-nine percent of Americans oppose Trump's ban, while 45 percent support it, according to Public Policy Polling. Of the 45 percent who support it, 51 percent cited the "Bowling Green Massacre" as justification.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway used the nonexistent Massacre as justification for the travel ban on MSNBC's "Hardball," reports The Hill.
Federal Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order against the ban on Feb. 3, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Robart on Feb. 9.
After the Feb. 9 ruling, Trump tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"
Trump suggested during a Feb. 10 press conference that he may issue another executive order for the ban, according to transcript of his remarks by The White House:
We are going to keep our country safe, we are going to do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe. We had a decision which we think we’ll be very successful with.
It shouldn’t have taken this much time because safety is a primary reason. One of the reasons I’m standing here today is the security of our country. The voters felt that I would give it the best security.
So we’ll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You’ll be seeing that sometime next week. In addition, we will continue to go through the court process, and ultimately I have no doubt that we’ll win that particular case.
Trump later told journalists on Air Force One: "We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order ... We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be," The Hill reports.
On Feb. 10, The Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker tweeted a quote by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus: "Every single court option is on the table, including an appeal of the Ninth Circuit decision on the [temporary restraining order] to the Supreme Court."