Last weekend, Turning Point USA held its Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida. First, a group of protesters gathered outside the convention center to protest against the conservative student group’s pro-life stance. After this group dispersed, a small group of people gathered outside the convention center carrying flags with swastikas and the Nazi SS emblem.
TPUSA security attempted to remove the neo-Nazi demonstrators but was ultimately unable to because they were standing on a public sidewalk. TPUSA explained the situation in a Tweet, saying,
“TPUSA students confronted and argued with these individuals. Our security attempted to remove the “nazis” but were unable to intervene because they were standing on the public sidewalk. TPUSA students ultimately left the scene, at which point these individuals dispersed.”
TPUSA issued the following statement to all press who requested comment: pic.twitter.com/7mUwZa0Bg2
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) July 26, 2022
However, the women of The View are always a fan of twisting the truth to give them something to rant about – and that’s just what they did with this event.
On Monday, The View co-host Joy Behar accused the group of allowing the neo-Nazi protestors to remain outside the conference center, saying, “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 then criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis for not doing anything to remove the protestors, even though DeSantis was actually at the conference the day before the neo-Nazi protestors showed up.
Later, The View was forced to air a legal disclaimer to inform their viewers that TPUSA did, in fact, condemn the neo-Nazi protestors. They also clarified that the protestors had “nothing to do” with the organization.
But Whoopi Goldberg, who’s always keen on boldly announcing made-up facts, said, “But you let them in, and you know what they were!”
After falsely accusing TPUSA of allowing neo-Nazis into their event, The View was forced to make yet another correction on-air.
“I want to make a quick clarification about the neo-Nazis at the Turning Point event,” said Goldberg. “They were outside protestors. My point was more ‘metaphorical.’ You embraced them at your thing, I felt. So- I just – they were not in the building.”
Somehow, by trying to remove the protestors from the premises, TPUSA was “embracing” them. Again, Whoopi has absolutely no idea what she is talking about.
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
Now, TPUSA has issued a cease and desist to ABC News over the “defamatory statements” made on The View.
The letter, written by TPUSA in-house counsel Veronica Peterson, says,
“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.
Specifically, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ’embrase[d] them’ and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people.’ The assertion that TPUSA is complicit or affiliated in any way with the neo-Nazi protesters outside the event is outlandish, false, defamatory, and disgraceful. Even after Ms. Haines reluctantly read the TPUSA statement that it condemns the group of neo-Nazis and that the group had nothing to do with TPUSA, its event, or its student attendees, Ms. Goldberg continues the false tirade against TPUSA, asserting that somehow the organization and its attendees were ‘complicit’ and/or associated with the outside protest.
To be abundantly clear, TPUSA aggressively and completely condemns the ideologies of neo-Nazism and has zero connection to the protestors outside the event. Since these individuals were located on public property, TPUSA security attempted to, but was not permitted to remove them.”
The letter also gave ABC News a deadline of July 27 for the retraction and apology, adding,
“In cases where the communication is of such a nature that the court can presume as a matter of law that the communication will tend to degrade or disgrace the party defamed, special damages are presumed,” the letter said. “Therefore, TPUSA demands that ABC immediately cease and desist from further unlawfully defaming TPUSA, retract the defamatory statements identified above, and issue a public statement apologizing for and correcting the above defamatory and false statements.”
TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk also tweeted that he was “talking to lawyers,” and said, “You cannot smear minors as Nazis and get away with it. It impacts them for the rest of their life. #SueTheView”
Talking to lawyers. Many think we have a strong case. You cannot smear minors as Nazis and get away with it. It impacts them for the rest of their life. #SueTheView
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 27, 2022