Bowling Green, Kentucky was just a regular city of 63,000 on Thursday morning. But by nightfall it had become the site of a made-up massacre, and by the morning that fake massacre was being lampooned across the internet and even had a fake donations site set up in its name.
“The Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund” is a simple, one-page site that’s just gray and dreary enough to maybe make a passing viewer believe it’s a real thing. But it funnels all funds towards the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The whole Bowling Green Massacre story started after Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway referred to a nonexistent attack in the city during an interview on Thursday night.
“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 radicalised and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway said on MSNBC’s Hardball programme.
She later tweeted that she had meant to reference the two Iraqi citizens, who were sentenced to federal prison in 2013 after they were found guilty of having attempted to “send weapons and money to al-Qaeda in Iraq,” and not a “massacre.”
Now there’s a fake website for donations but, fun fact, the link to donate redirects to the donations page at the ACLU.
The ACLU sued the White House over its recent executive order banning many citizens of Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the United States. The civil liberties organization has since seen a giant spike in donations, resulting in a cash flow many times greater than what they generally receive in a year.
Though there is no contact page on the site, we’re guessing whoever set it up isn’t the biggest fan of Trump and his administration.
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