View co-host Whoopi Goldberg apologized to Turning Point USA on air for wrongly linking a group of conservative students to a neo-Nazi protest in her remarks.
“You know, in Monday’s conversation on Turning Point USA, I put the young people at the conference in the same category as the protesters outside,” she said on Thursday’s ABC show. .
“I don’t like it when people make assumptions about me, and it’s not better when I make assumptions about other people, which I did. So my bad. I am sorry.”
His apology came after his colleague Sara Haines issued a clarification and apology after the daytime talk show was threatened to cease and desist for falsely stating earlier this week that a group of neo -Nazis who had organized a small rally in front of the conservative group’s conference in Florida were linked to the event.
“So on Monday we talked about the fact that there were openly neo-Nazi protesters outside the Turning Point USA Florida student action summit,” co-host Ms. 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.”
“A spokesperson for Turning Point USA said the group ‘condemns these ideologies 100%’ and said Turning Point USA security tried to keep neo-Nazis out of the area but couldn’t because they were on public property,” Ms Haines said.
The weekend-long TPUSA Student Action Summit was held in Tampa, Florida, where Republican leaders like Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz, former President Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene made appearances and speech at an event that claimed to provide students with leadership skills.
Videos from outside the event showed a dozen people adorned with signs and flags bearing neo-Nazi imagery.
The weekend story was picked up on Monday by View hosts, who had slammed the group.
Co-host Joy Behar said: “Neo-Nazis were out there in 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. made during the Third Reich. It’s the same thing, straight out of that same playbook.”
Later, after outrage from the conservative group, the program read an on-air legal disclaimer that TPUSA condemned neo-Nazi protesters and said they had “nothing to do” with the organization.
However, Ms Goldberg said: ‘But you let them in and you knew what they were.
She later clarified her argument was “metaphorical” after they were made to read a second disclaimer.
The daytime talk show sparked further outrage, with #SuetheView trending on social media Monday through Tuesday.
Ms Goldberg’s apology on Thursday came after the band chastised the host for remaining silent.
“Whoopi remained silent and did not retract her comments that TPUSA ‘metaphorically’ embraced ‘Nazis’,” the band tweeted.
TPUSA had sent a cease and desist letter to ABC and accused View‘s co-hosts to make “libelous statements”.
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