One of the biggest embarrassments of the early Donald Trump administration occurred when Trump advisor and spokesperson Kellyanne Conway made reference to the “Bowling Green massacre,” a terrorist attack that did not actually occur. Many have mocked Conway over the made-up attack, but no one’s done it better than the Harvard Bookstore.
The indie bookstore, located near a certain Boston-area university, understands that if we don’t learn history, we’re doomed to repeat it. And while there aren’t any books about the Bowling Green massacre (because, again, it’s not a real event), Harvard Bookstore found plenty of selections that could help scholars understand it.
There’s Anti-Intellectualism; The Death of Expertise; Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America, It Can’t Happen Here; and naturally, Assholes. Seems like that just about covers the possible explanations for citing a fake terrorist attack to justify a ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries.
A very sick, very erudite burn.