Whoopi Goldberg and other hosts of “The View” recently accused Turning Point USA of allowing neo-Nazis into its 2022 Student Action Summit in Miami last weekend.
However, a letter sent from the group’s attorneys quickly forced them to issue a correction.
Goldberg claimed she was speaking “metaphorically”
According to Mediaite, the controversy began on Monday when the hosts referenced video footage showing white supremacists waving Nazi flags outside of the event.
“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,” Joy Behar was quoted as saying. “It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook.”
For her part, Goldberg went further, claiming that the neo-Nazis were welcomed inside by the summit’s organizers. She later claimed to have been speaking “metaphorically.”
While they were forced by their legal department to correct two of these misrepresentations live on air, Whoopi continued to insist that TPUSA somehow welcomed “nazis” into our event “metaphorically.” pic.twitter.com/320UV0aH0G
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) July 26, 2022
Sara Haines reads out retraction
In response, attorneys working for Turning Point USA sent a cease-and-desist letter to ABC News demanding that “The View” hosts issue a retraction, something which Sara Haines did on Wednesday.
“We want to make clear these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA,” Mediaite quoted her as saying.
“A Turning Point USA spokesman said the group, ‘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,” she continued.
“Also Turning Point USA wanted to clarify — 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,”
UPDATE: The View has issued yet another formal correction to TPUSA and its students LIVE on air. The apology was issued by Sara Haines. Whoopi remained silent and has not retracted her comments that TPUSA “metaphorically” embraced “Nazis.” https://t.co/rcTawUTbpX pic.twitter.com/rANUlmXZwO
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) July 27, 2022
Turning Point USA recalled in a tweet how, “[i]n 2017, Whoopi said that a fake news story put her life in danger. This is the same person that has yet to apologize for smearing 5,000 students as Nazi sympathizers.”