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'The View' apologizes to Turning Point USA for neo-Nazi smear after #SueTheView threat, but the group is not satisfied

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ABC show "The View" issued a formal correction and apology to Turning Point USA on Wednesday after the show's panelists falsely claimed that the conservative group "invited" and "embraced" neo-Nazis at its Student Action Summit in Florida last weekend.

TPUSA had threatened to sue "The View" for defamation in a scathing cease-and-desist letter demanding that the show retract false statements made by the co-hosts on Monday claiming that neo-Nazi demonstrators were welcomed by the organization, when in fact they were there in opposition to the group's event and barred from entry.

The letter successfully extracted an apology and correction from "The View."

"On Monday we talked about the fact that there 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," Sara Haines said during Wednesday's live broadcast.

"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,'" Haines continued. "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."

On Monday's show, the ladies of "The View" criticized TPUSA's Student Action Summit and made derogatory comments about the college campus activist organization, comparing the event's production to "the WWE" and alleging that the group was officially linked to the Republican Party. Joy Behar brought up that neo-Nazi protesters were outside 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 [Joseph] Goebbels did during the Third Reich. It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook," Behar said.

She also criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for speaking at Turning Point USA's event without mentioning or condemning the neo-Nazi protesters.

Later in the program, Haines read from a legal disclaimer in which TPUSA condemned the neo-Nazis and said "they have nothing to do with our organization."

"But you let them in," Whoopi Goldberg said, without evidence to support her claim. "You let them in and you knew what they were. So you are complicit."

After commercial break, Goldberg walked back her statements, but maintained that TPUSA had "embraced" the hate group.

“They were outside protesters. My point was more metaphorical. You embraced them at your thing. I felt,” Goldberg said. Haines added that the neo-Nazis "felt invited" by TPUSA.

These false claims drew a ferocious response from Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk, who said Tuesday he was discussing legal action with Turning Point's lawyers.

"You cannot smear minors as Nazis and get away with it. It impacts them for the rest of their life," Kirk tweeted with #SueTheView, which soon trended on Twitter.

TPUSA then sent a cease-and-desist letter to "The View," which was first reported by Fox News.

"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. It was addressed to ABC News New York bureau chief Joshua Hoyos and ABC assistant chief counsel Ian Rosenberg.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for TPUSA told Fox News the group is not satisfied with the correction made by Haines.

"Whoopi is the one who said it. She should be the one to offer the apology," the spokesperson said.

Goldberg remained silent during Haines' correction.

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