Stars take back neo-Nazi comments

“The View” co-host Sara Haines apologized to Turning Point USA on Wednesday after making comments during Monday’s episode comparing the organization to neo-Nazi protesters outside of its event last weekend.

During the original episode, co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that Turning Point let the protesters in and “knew what they were,” even though the organization allegedly condemned the protesters after their event in Tampa, Fla.

“They are complicit,” Goldberg said of the organization.

Fox News released a cease and desist letter TPUSA sent to ABC News after the episode, in which they cautioned that comments from the show’s co-hosts could have financial consequences for the organization.

“The false statements of fact intentionally made during The View’s July 25 segment were undoubtedly damaging to TPUSA’s reputation,” the letter said.

The show’s comments also brought “the organization and its student organizations into disrepute among the public, potential donors and current and future business partners,” the letter said.

In a statement after the event, TPUSA said they tried to get the protesters to leave, but they were on public property.

TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet wrote that the group “100% condemns these ideologies in the strongest possible terms” and that group members even clashed with the protesters.

“We have no idea who they are or why they were here,” Kolvet said.

After the backlash, Haines apologized and clarified that the protesters had no affiliation with TPUSA.

“They were neither invited nor supported by Turning Point USA,” she said. “Turning Point USA wanted us to be clear that this is a Turning Point USA summit and not a Republican Party event. We therefore apologize for anything we have said that may have been unclear on these points.”

The event, hosted by TPUSA, was attended by former President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) participate. Trump, Greene, Gaetz and DeSantis also spoke at the conference, but none mentioned the protesters.

Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Student Action Summit (SAS) in Tampa
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Student Action Summit (SAS) in Tampa, Florida, the United States, July 23, 2022.
Photo: Reuters/Marco Bello Stars take back neo-Nazi comments

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