Conway’s Media Mis-Remarks: The First Two Weeks

Kellyanne Conway has certainly made a splash in her recent runs through the Sunday show and primetime news circuits. As Trump’s former campaign manager, current White House special advisor, and unofficial “Media Mogul” she’s had quite a lot to say since President Trump took the oath of office.

Let’s take a look at Conway’s most notable quips to the mediaverse these past two weeks:

When they aren’t facts, they’re alternative facts

On January 22nd, Conway gave us the one liner that may define her role in the Trump administration: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving – Sean Spicer, our press secretary – gave alternative facts,” she said to NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.

She defended herself by shooting back on Twitter. Unfortunately for her, the phrase had already become a rallying cry for the anti-Trump crowd. On Meet the Press, Chuck Todd wasted no time calling out Kellyanne: “Alternative facts are not facts,” he said. “They are falsehoods.”

Obama’s “Iraqi ban”

In a February 2nd interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Conway claimed that Trump’s travel ban was based on a plan developed by the Obama administration.

“I bet, there was very little coverage — 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 radicalized,” Conway said.

The Obama administration never banned Iraqis from coming into the U.S. There was a more extensive screening process for Iraqi immigrants that lasted about six months, but no ban.

According to Politifact, “Obama’s 2011 order put a pause on refugee processing, whereas Trump’s halt in entries applies to all non-U.S. visitors.”

“We are all Bowling Green”

Additionally, during the Chris Matthews interview, Conway referenced the “Bowling Green Massacre” in an attempt to rationalize Trump’s travel ban.

Conway was likely referring to two Iraqi men, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who were radicalized and moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky when they were mistaken as refugees. The men were plotting to send weapons and money to Al-Qaeda, the two were arrested in May 2011, which prompted the slowing of Iraqi immigration into the country – but a massacre in Bowling Green never occurred.

Seeking: Secretary of the Treasury

In an attempt to criticise the Democratic members of Congress, Conway falsely claimed that this is the longest time in history the country has gone without a Secretary of the Treasury.

“They are holding up our nominees to the cabinet, I was told yesterday this is the longest the nation has gone without a Secretary of the Treasury at least in modern times,” Conway stated on Fox News. “For those who actually go to work in the morning and need the dollar to flourish, we need a Secretary of Treasury to be running things.”

This is incorrect. The US has gone without a Secretary of the Treasury for 20 days since the beginning of Trump’s administration. In 2013, the United States went 34 days without one.

Wait, how long has Trump been president?

On Feb 3rd, Conway tweeted a congratulations to Donald Trump for job numbers for the month of January. Since Trump didn’t take office until Jan 23rd, the majority of those numbers were formed during the Obama administration.

Twitter had a thing or two to say about it.

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