‘Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund’ website redirects to ACLU donation page

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A new website is poking fun at a claim by President Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, about a nonexistent “massacre” and using the controversy to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The website is called the “Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund.”

“We all still carry the vivid memories of what horrors occurred at Bowling Green, but some still relive those moments everyday as they work to rebuild a community torn apart,” reads the website description.

The “Donate Now” button on the page redirects to the donation page for the ACLU.

The website refers to a false claim Conway made while defending the president’s executive order temporarily banning immigration into the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

{mosads}Conway referred to a “Bowling Green massacre,” claiming it led to the Obama administration imposing a six-month ban on Iraqi refugees. She later said she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists.” But neither the massacre nor the ban ever happened.

Conway’s initial claim, however, was apparently meant to refer to two Iraqi nationals who lived in Bowling Green, Ky., who were indicted for allegedly attempting to send weapons to Iraqi insurgents “for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers.

The “Victims Fund” website quotes Conway’s original claim from a Thursday night interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at the bottom of the page.

The ACLU has received tens of millions of dollars in donations since it sued over Trump’s immigration order and has seen a swift rise in membership.

The organization filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Saturday, which led to a federal judge issuing an emergency stay on the removal of refugees and immigrants who were detained due to the ban. The order prevents immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also halts the acceptance of refugees for 120 days, and refugees from Syria indefinitely. 


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