In cash issued an apology to Turning Point USA after the daytime talk show was threatened to cease and desist for incorrectly stating earlier this week that a group of neo-Nazis who held a small rally outside the Conservative group’s Florida conference were linked to the event. .
“Then on Monday we talked about the fact that there were openly neo-Nazi protesters outside the Florida student action summit of the Turning Point USA group,” co-host Sara Haines began on Wednesday’s show.
“We want to make it clear that these protesters were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA.”
Between Monday and Tuesday night, the hashtag #SuetheView began trending after the conservative student group relayed how the daytime talk show hosts mischaracterized the neo-Nazi rally as being affiliated with the Florida event, quickly leading to the group to issue a letter to ABC asking that the comments be withdrawn or there will be legal repercussions.
“False statements of fact made intentionally during The views The July 25 segment was unquestionably damaging to the reputation of TPUSA and brought the organization and its student affiliates into disrepute with the public, potential donors and current and future business partners, representing a significant financial loss to the organization,” the letter read, according to Fox Digital News.
The signatories of the letter, which was addressed to ABC News’ New York bureau chief Joshua Hoyos and ABC’s deputy chief adviser Ian Rosenberg, gave the broadcast network until July 27 to issue a retraction and a request. of apologies.
Haines continued in his Wednesday speech by quoting a Turning Point USA spokesperson who said the group “100% condemns these ideologies” and added that the group’s security “tried to remove neo-Nazis from the area, but failed because were on public property.
“Also, Turning Point USA wanted us to clarify that this was a Turning Point USA summit and not a GOP event. Therefore, we apologize for anything we said that may not have been clear on these points,” concluded Haines.
On Saturday, video footage outside the Tampa Bay, Florida event organized by TPUSA showed about a dozen people outside, decked out with signs and flags with neo-Nazi images emblazoned on them.
On the other side of the doors where the group was standing were prominent leaders of the Republican Party, which included former US President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The GOP leadership duo, both candidates most popular with conservative voters for a potential 2024 presidential bid (though neither has confirmed running), spoke to the crowd of far-right students and other TPUSA devotees.
The weekend story was told on Monday by In cash hosts, who incorrectly claimed that the demonstration with people waving neo-Nazi flags and posters was linked to the event held behind closed doors in Tampa.
“The neo-Nazis were there at the front of the conference with anti-Semitic slurs and, you know, the Nazi swastika and a picture of a so-called Jew with exaggerated features, as well as [Joseph] Goebbels did during the Third Reich. It’s the same thing, straight from the same manual,” said co-host Joy Behar.
Midway through the program on Monday, the hosts paused to issue what would be their first legal notice regarding statements made about the TPUSA event, noting that the conservative student group “had nothing to do” with the rally held. on Saturday.
TPUSA’s official Twitter account re-shared a clip of the apology on its account on Wednesday, but chided co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who also made comments about the group on Monday, for not saying anything during the segment.
“Whoopi remained silent and did not retract his comments that TPUSA ‘metaphorically’ embraced ‘Nazis,'” the group tweeted, referring to the part of Monday’s show when Goldberg claimed “let ’em in, and you knew what were” .