THE View issued an apology to Turning Point USA after the conservative nonprofit issued a cease and desist to the daytime talk show over “defamatory statements.”
Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar were accused of making false statements live on air earlier this week.
Turning Point USA, which seeks to teach young people conservative values called out the hosts for making comparisons to neo-Nazis.
“On Monday we talked about the fact that there were openly neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida Student Action Summit of the Turning Point USA group,” said co-host Sara Haines.
“We want to make clear that these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA.”
Haines added that a spokesperson for TPUSA said the group “100 percent condemns those ideologies” and they tried to “remove the neo-Nazis from the area but could not because they were on public property.”
"Aussi, Turning Point USA wanted us to clarify that this was a Turning Point USA Summit, and not a Republican Party event. Donc, we apologize for anything we said that may have been unclear on these points,” said Haines.
toutefois, the group wants to hear an apology from a specific person.
“Whoopi is the one who said it. She should be the one to offer the apology,” said a spokesperson to Fox News numérique following the apology.
Le lundi, the hosts shared their thoughts on the summit, with Goldberg and Behar’s comments sparking controversy.
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“Neo-Nazis were out there in the front of the conference with antisemitic slurs and, vous connaissez, the Nazi swastika and a picture of a so-called Jewish person with exaggerated features, just like Goebbels did during the Third Reich,” Behar stated during the show.
“It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook.”
Behar also reportedly appeared to implicate that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the TPUSA “did nothing” after knowing of the group’s presence at the venue.
Haines countered with a statement from TPUSA condemning the actions of Neo-Nazi protestors.
Yet Goldberg then commented that TPUSA “let them in” et ils “knew that they were there.”
When her co-host answered that Turning Point’s statement had said the Neo-Nazi group were in fact “outside protestors” and that TPUSA didn’t in fact “let them in,” Goldberg continued to double down.
The actress claimed her point about letting the hate group in was “metaphorical” in nature.
TPUSA sent the cease and desist letter on Tuesday addressed to ABC News New York bureau chief Joshua Hoyos and ABC assistant chief counsel Ian Rosenberg.
“The false statements of fact intentionally made during The View’s July 25th segment were unquestionably harmful to TPUSA’s reputation and brought the organization and its student affiliates into disrepute with the public, potential donors, and current and future business partners, posing a significant financial loss to the organization,” la lettre lue, selon Fox News.
“Spécifiquement, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ‘embrase[d] them’ and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people,»” it added.
“The assertion that TPUSA is complicit or affiliated in any way with the neo-Nazi protesters outside the event is outlandish, faux, defamatory, and disgraceful.”
“Even after Ms. Haines reluctantly read the TPUSA statement that it condemns the group of neo-Nazis and that the group had nothing to do with TPUSA, its event, or its student attendees, Mme. Goldberg continues the false tirade against TPUSA, asserting that somehow the organization and its attendees were ‘complicit’ and/or associated with the outside protest,” [object Window].
A deadline of July 27 was also issued by TPUSA in the letter for a retraction and apology.
TPUSA contributor Erin Elmore shared a statement after Haines’ apology.
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“As a Jew and @TPUSA contributor, I deserve an apology from @ABCNetwork @TheView @Disney They did not apologize for essentially calling me a Nazi sympathizer. 11 million of my people died in the Holocaust at the hands of Nazis. To connect me to these vile people is inexcusable.”
The official TPUSA Twitter account tweeted that Goldberg “remained silent and has not retracted her comments that TPUSA ‘metaphorically’ and embraced ‘Nazis.’”