The View APOLOGIZES To TPUSA After ‘Defamatory Statements’ And Cease-And-Desist Letter
#SUETHEVIEW was trending on Twitter on Tuesday after The View and host Whoopi Goldberg smeared conservative activist organization Turning Point USA one day prior.
“Yesterday, @TheView & Whoopi Goldberg smeared and lied about TPUSA regarding an incident where supposed ‘nazis’ showed up outside of the Student Action Summit,” Turning Point USA said on Twitter.
“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,'” the organization continued.
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
The hens of the daytime talk show associated the conservative organization with individuals who presented themselves as Nazis that showed up outside the group’s Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida on Saturday.
Turning Point USA immediately disavowed the group in a press release. Then Human Events Daily host and TPUSA contributor Jack Posobiec called The View’s comments “textbook” defamation. Which helped lead to the hashtag #SUETHEVIEW trending on Twitter.
Later, thanks to TPUSA’s cease-and-desist letter to ABC News on Tuesday over “defamatory statements,” The View was forced to clarify its false claims – WATCH:
Wherein "The View" *kind of* clarifies their outrageous claims that Neo-Nazis were accepted at @TPUSA event — and then blows that off by suggesting that inviting @mattgaetz was worse … pic.twitter.com/sGVKikvuXB
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) July 27, 2022
“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,” cohost Sara Haines read.
“We want to make clear these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA,” she added.
Continuing to read, Haines went on to say that “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. ”
Moreover: “Turning Point USA wanted to clarify — wanted us to clarify 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.”
The letter to the Disney-owned company read:
“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.”
After the apology was issued by Haines, cohost Alyssa Farah Griffin couldn’t help herself and mentioned to her audience that Matt Gaetz was in attendance at the Summit. Thereby once again equating one participant to malicious intentions from TPUSA as a whole.
Regardless, it appears as though the hashtag and cease-and-desist letter were enough to force the hosts of The View to correct their belligerent comments. Which sends a strong message to similar left-wing voices who like to smear conservative-led organizations with claims of racism and bigotry without consequence.