Robert Reich: Kellyanne Conway’s ‘utterly hapless’ Bowling Green lie shows ‘facts no longer matter’
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway is getting slammed from all sides after she cited a nonexistent massacre committed by Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ken. to justify President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In a new Facebook post, Robert Reich slammed Conway and other “utterly hapless” Trump surrogates for trying to defend the travel ban despite having no “coherent arguments or talking points or even facts.”
Reich then goes through the litany of falsehoods the Trump administration has used to justify its travel ban: The aforementioned terrorist attack in Bowling Green that never happened; the false claim that Trump’s refugee policy is similar to a policy that former President Barack Obama enacted in 2011, despite the fact that “there was never a point during the Obama administration when Iraqi resettlement was stopped or banned”; and citing the 2015 San Bernardino massacre as justification for the ban, despite the fact that the ban wouldn’t have stopped either perpetrator from entering the country.
In conclusion, Reich says that the Trump team cannot think of a single real justification for its travel ban — but he also finds himself wondering whether they will pay any price for perpetuating falsehoods.
“Is this just carelessness, or are have the Trumpists simply decided facts no longer matter?” he asks.