Harold Hutchison on July 27, 2022
A co-host of “The View” issued an apology Wednesday to Turning Point USA (TPUSA) over “anything we said that may have been unclear” about a neo-Nazi group that protested outside the group’s Student Action Summit.
“On Monday we talked about the fact there were openly neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida Student Action Summit of the Turning Point USA group,” said Sara Haines, a journalist and host of “The Chase.” “We want to make clear 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 100% 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 to clarify – wanted us to clarify this was a Turning Point USA summit and not a Republican Party event,” Haines continued. “So we apologize for anything we said that may have been unclear on these points.”
TPUSA sent ABC a “cease and desist” letter Tuesday, according to Fox News, citing comments made by co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg during the segment on Monday. Haines reportedly read multiple notes clarifying comments during the segment.
“Neo-Nazis were out there in the front of the conference with antisemitic 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,” Behar said Monday.
After Haines read a legal disclaimer, Goldberg said TPUSA “let them in,” claiming she was making a “metaphorical” point.
TPUSA posted a Twitter thread Tuesday describing its version of events that included video of the protest.
“Whoopi is the one who said it,” TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “She should be the one to offer the apology.”
ABC News provided the DCNF with a written version of Haines’ on-air statement.
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