Poll: Trump supporters say fake 'Bowling Green Massacre' justifies travel ban

Over half of Americans who support President Trump's travel ban say the fabricated and debunked "Bowling Green Massacre" is proof the executive order is necessary.

According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 51 percent of Trump supporters say the nonexistent massacre shows why the controversial ban is needed to keep America safe, while 23 percent disagree.

Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, sparked controversy last week when she invoked the "Bowling Green Massacre" as evidence that stricter immigration laws are needed to combat terrorism.

There's only one problem: The "Bowling Green Massacre" never happened.

Conway eventually walked back her comments saying it was an "honest mistake" and that she meant to reference two Iraqi men as "Bowling Green terrorists."

Days following the controversy, however, it was uncovered that Conway had previously referred to a "Bowling Green Massacre" on at least three other occasions.

Overall, the survey found that most Americans do not support Trump's travel band, with 49 percent opposing the ban while 45 percent saying they support it.

Most Americans, 48 percent to 43 percent, do believe the immigration order is a de facto Muslim Ban that targets members of that faith specifically, even though the president has on multiple occasions disputed the point.

On Thursday a federal appeals court refused to reinstate the temporary travel ban citing lack of evidence that would justify immediately restoring the ban.