The co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” have made a groveling apology after smearing a group of conservative students and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by falsely linking them to “neo-Nazis.”
As Slay News previously reported, ABC was hit with a legal threat after the hosts made unfounded claims about Turning Point USA’s Florida summit.
The hosts tried to suggest that Gov. DeSantis and the summit’s organizers were encouraging neo-Nazis to protest.
However, after a backlash and legal threats, the show was forced to make a groveling apology over the false allegations,
Co-host Sara Haines said:
“So on Monday, we talked about the fact that were openly Neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida student action summit of the Turning Point USA group.
“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.
“A Turning Point USA spokesman said the group, quote, ‘100 percent condemns those ideologies,’ and said Turning Point USA security tried to remove the Neo-Nazis from the area but could not because they were on public property.
“Also, Turning Point USA wanted us to clarify that this was a Turning Point USA summit and not a Republican Party event.
“So we apologize for anything we said that may have been unclear on these points,” Haines said.
UPDATE: The View issues new statement on their TPUSA lies
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Turning Point USA was dissatisfied with the apology and fired back, saying:
“Whoopi is the one who said it.
“She should be the one to offer the apology.”
Host Joy Behar was the first to try to smear the summit’s attendees.
“Neo-Nazis were out there in the front of the conference with anti-Semitic slurs and, you know, the Nazi swastika and a picture of a so-called Jewish person with exaggerated features, just like Goebbels did during the Third Reich.
“It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook,” Behar said.
“But you let them in, and you knew what they were,” Goldberg added.
Turning Point USA issued a letter to ABC News executives demanding a retraction and apology.
The letter said:
“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.
“The View hosts intentionally and falsely associated TPUSA with neo-Nazi protestors outside the event placing TPUSA in denigrating and false light and negatively impacting its public perception. Such action will not be tolerated.
“Specifically, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ‘embrase[d] them’ [sic] and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people.’
“The assertion that TPUSA is complicit or affiliated in any way with the neo-Nazi protesters outside the event is outlandish, false, 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, Ms. Goldberg continues the false tirade against TPUSA, asserting that somehow the organization and its attendees were ‘complicit’ and/or associated with the outside protest.
“To be abundantly clear, TPUSA aggressively and completely condemns the ideologies of neo-Nazism and has zero connection to the protestors outside the event.
“Since these individuals were located on public property, TPUSA security attempted to, but was not permitted to remove them.”