Conservative group Turning Point USA ‘still’ considering possible lawsuit against ABC and View, said the group’s founder, Charlie Kirk.
Mr Kirk appeared on Fox News criticizing the show’s hosts for linking his group to neo-Nazis.
View “We picked up our 5,000 students at our event there for high school and college students. And look, I get mugged all the time, people say the wrong things, I’m a public figure. But when you go after 16 and 17 year olds who travel from all over the country and then have to live the rest of their lives with a shadow over them because someone at ABC says they might be related to neo-Nazis,” he said.
“But look, what did it take to get us to the point of apologizing? We had to threaten a lawsuit, Jesse. And besides, we’re still entertaining him. We talk to some of the top lawyers who are subject matter experts. And as you know, these things can be very complicated,” he added.
The Independent has contacted ABC and TPUSA for comment.
View apologized live to Turning Point USA after the daytime talk show was threatened with a cease and desist letter for falsely stating earlier this week that a group of neo-Nazis who had organized a small rally outside the conservative group’s conference in Florida was linked to the event.
“So 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 said on the show. Wednesday. “We want to clarify that these protesters were assembled outside of the event and were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA.”
Between Monday and late Tuesday night, the #SuetheView hashtag began trending after the conservative student group recounted how daytime talk show hosts misinterpreted the neo-Nazi rally as being affiliated with their event in Florida, prompting the band to send a letter to ABC. asking that the comments be taken down or face legal repercussions.
“False statements of fact intentionally made during The views The July 25 segment was unquestionably damaging to the reputation of TPUSA and brought discredit to the organization and its affiliated students with the public, potential donors and current and future business partners, representing a significant financial loss to 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 deputy chief counsel Ian Rosenberg, have given the broadcast network until 27 July to retract and apologize.
Ms Haines went on in her Wednesday speech to quote a spokesperson for Turning Point USA, who said the group “100% condemns these ideologies”, and added that group security “attempted to chase neo -Nazis in the area but could not because they were on the public domain”.
“Additionally, Turning Point USA wanted us to clarify that this was a Turning Point USA summit and not a Republican Party event. We therefore apologize for anything we have said that was not may be unclear on these points,” Ms. Haines concluded.
On Saturday, video footage from outside the TPUSA-hosted event in Tampa Bay, Florida, showed about a dozen people standing outside, adorned with signs and flags bearing neo-Nazi imagery.
On the other side of the doors where the group was standing were prominent Republican Party leaders, which included former US President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The GOP leadership couple addressed the crowd of far-right TPUSA students and other worshipers. The two are proving to be the most popular candidates with conservative voters for a possible presidential bid in 2024, although neither has confirmed they are running.
The weekend story was picked up on Monday by View hosts, who incorrectly said the rally with people waving neo-Nazi flags and signs was linked to the event being held behind closed doors in Tampa.
“Neo-Nazis were there in front of the conference with anti-Semitic slurs and … the Nazi swastika and a picture of a so-called Jewish person with exaggerated features, just like [Joseph] Goebbels did this during the Third Reich. It’s the same thing, straight out of that same playbook,” said co-host Joy Behar.
Midway through the program on Monday, the hosts paused to issue what would be their first legal warning about statements made about the TPUSA event, noting that the conservative student group had ‘nothing to do with’ the rally held outside on Saturday.
The official TPUSA Twitter account re-shared a clip of the apology on their account on Wednesday, but chastised co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who also commented on the group on Monday, to say nothing during the segment.
“Whoopi remained silent and did not withdraw her comments that TPUSA was ‘metaphorically’ embracing ‘Nazis,'” the group tweeted, referring to the part of Monday’s show where Ms. Goldberg alleged they had “let them in, and you knew what they were”. .
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