Bowling Green Mayor issues statement following Kellyanne Conway use of 'massacre'
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.--Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson issued a statement on Friday following a statement by President Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, who said there was a "massacre" in Kentucky in 2011.
Conway made the initial statement during an MSNBC interview with Chris Matthews that aired Thursday. Conway later retracted the use of "massacre," tweeting she "meant to say Bowling Green terrorists."
Wilkerson stated he understood "how one can misspeak" and appreciated the clarification. The following statement was issued by City Manager Kevin DeFebbo:
"It was recently cited in a national interview that a massacre occurred in Bowling Green, KY in 2011. That statement has now been corrected. While in 2011, two Iraqi nationals living in Bowling Green were arrested for attempting to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq, there was no massacre in Bowling Green. I understand during a live interview how one can misspeak and we appreciate the clarification, said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson."
The two men, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, were mistakenly admitted to the U.S. as Iraqi refugees in 2009 and resettled in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Both men are in prison after pleading guilty according to an Associated Press report.