‘The View’ host Whoopi Goldberg has apologised for remarks she made equating Turning Point to neo-Nazis
Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” apologised for remarks she made tying conservative group Turning Point USA to neo-Nazis on Thursday.
“In Monday’s conversation about Turning Point USA, I put the young people at the conference in the same category as the protesters outside, and I don’t like it when people make assumptions about me,” Goldberg said. “And it’s not any better when I make assumptions about other people, which I did. So, my bad, I’m sorry.”
The ABC talk show was threatened with legal action after the quick mea culpa failed to mention plainly that the “protesters” were likely White nationalists. Following White supremacist protests outside the TPUSA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, Goldberg and co-host Joy Behar made slanderous remarks, according to Turning Point.
The “View” co-hosts ridiculed the extravagant celebration on Monday, and Behar blasted the group since neo-Nazi demonstrators were present outside the venue.
“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.
“did nothing,” was then remarked of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who attended the gathering just one day before neo-Nazis arrived.
There is an on-air disclaimer stating Turning Point USA condemns the neo-Nazis protestors who have “The View” with the organisation, which was read out loud later in the programme by “nothing to do”
“But you let them in, and you knew what they were,” Goldberg continued before the panellists were compelled to read another disclaimer and emphasise that the neo-Nazis were “outside protesters,” not ones who had been permitted in. My point was merely a metaphor, Goldberg explained.
A letter from TPUSA to ABC’s “The View” threatened legal action if it did not remove the remarks. On Wednesday, the show is co-host Sara Haines read a note to the audience.
“At the Florida Student Action Summit of the Turning Point USA group, neo-Nazi protesters were on display outdoors. We want to make it clear that these protesters were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA, and that they congregated outside the event “she remarked.
“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.”
A TP representative objected to Haines’ apologies, not Goldberg’s. To him, Goldberg was the obvious choice, as was conservative radio presenter Jason Rantz, who was in attendance and witnessed the neo-Nazi riots.
“Whoopi Goldberg should have been the one who apologized. The bulk of the complaints go toward comments that she made, she oftentimes speaks completely out of turn coming through a lens of misinformation. She’s known for that, and she should be the one to step up and say, ‘Look, I apologize, I screwed up on this,'” Rantz told
On Wednesday, Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk said the organisation was still considering legal action against “Jesse Watters Primetime”
“We’re talking to some of the best lawyers out there that are experts in this. And as you know, these things can be very complicated,” he said.