The co-hosts of “The View” are in hot water again, and could even have caused ABC to face legal action.
Earlier this week, co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar appeared to smear a group of conservative students and Florida Gov. Rin DeSantis after a small group of neo-Nazis showed up outside a Turning Point USA conference in Tampa.
TPUSA profoundly denounced the group and publicly said they were not invited and had nothing to do with the event, but Goldberg and Behar appeared to suggest that TPUSA was somehow responsible and accepting of the group.
“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. It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook,” Behar said.
“But you let them in, and you knew what they were,” Goldberg said.
Attorneys for TPUSA then sent a ‘cease-and-desist’ order demanding that the hosts issue an apology or face legal action.
“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,” the letter said.
“The View hosts intentionally and falsely associated TPUSA with neo-Nazi protestors outside the event placing TPUSA in denigrating and false light and negatively impacting its public perception. Such action will not be tolerated,” it continued.
“Specifically, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ‘embrase[d] them’ [sic] and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people,'” the attorneys added.
On Wednesday, co-host Sara Haines said:
“So on Monday, we talked about the fact that were openly Neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the Florida student action summit of the Turning Point USA group. We want to make clear that 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, quote, ‘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 added.
“Also, Turning Point USA 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,” Haines said.
But TPUSA wasn’t buying.
“Whoopi is the one who said it. She should be the one to offer the apology,” a spokesman for the organization said.