Exclusive: ABC News received a harsh cease and desist letter from Turning Point USA on Tuesday, threatening legal action unless the Disney-owned organization “retracts the defamatory claims” aired earlier this week on “The View.” The letter claimed that “TPUSA’s reputation was unquestionably damaged and that the false statements of fact made during The View’s segment on July 25th 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 accusing “The View” of making “false, disparaging, and defamatory remarks” about its recent Student Action Summit was obtained by Fox News Digital and was addressed to Joshua Hoyos, the head of ABC News’ bureau in New York, and Ian Rosenberg, the associate chief counsel for ABC. Joy Behar claims that once Trump won the election, “The View” changed: We used to laugh more often.
The midday gabfest’s discussion of the TPUSA Student Action Summit that took place in Tampa, Florida, last weekend began on Monday. Because of the lavish event’s use of special effects, the co-hosts of “The View” attacked it for stealing “a page from the WWE,” falsely claimed that the group was affiliated with the GOP, and Joy Behar criticised it because neo-Nazi protesters were outside the venue.
“Like Goebbels did during the Third Reich, neo-Nazis were present at the conference’s entrance with anti-Semitic epithets, the Nazi insignia, and a portrait of a supposed Jew with exaggerated features. The same thing is happening, straight from the same playbook “explained Behar. The Florida governor was then accused of doing “nothing,” although she omitted to add that the Republican governor had visited the rally the day before neo-Nazis made an appearance.
In a later segment of the show, “The View” aired an on-air legal disclaimer to viewers to let them know that Turning Point USA decried the neo-Nazi protesters who had “nothing to do” with the group. Whoopi Goldberg incorrectly asserted, “But you let them in, and you knew what they were,” before the panellists were compelled to read another disclaimer and clarify the neo-Nazis were “outside protestors” and TPUSA didn’t let them in. I was making a figurative argument, Goldberg added.
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You’re not aware of it, Veronica Peterson, in-house lawyer for TPUSA, wrote the harsh cease and desist letter because the on-air disclaimers were insufficient. “The View hosts purposely misrepresented TPUSA by associating it with neo-Nazi protesters outside the event, which damaged the organization’s reputation in the public eye. Such behavior won’t be accepted, “stated the letter.
“The View presenters specifically claimed that TPUSA symbolically “embras[e[d]” neo-Nazis at their SAS event, “allowed [neo-Nazis] in,” and that neo-Nazis were “in the mix of folks.” The claim that TPUSA is involved with or connected to the neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the event is absurd, untrue, defamatory, and dishonorable “The letter carried on. “Ms. Goldberg continues the false tirade against TPUSA, alleging that the group and its members were somehow “complicit” and/or associated with the outside protest, even after Ms.
Haines reluctantly read the TPUSA statement that it condemns the neo-Nazi group and that the group had nothing to do with TPUSA, its event, or its student attendees. Peterson went on to say, “To be very clear, TPUSA vigorously and categorically rejects neo-Nazi ideas and has no affiliation with the protesters outside the event. TPUSA security attempted to remove these people because they were on public land but was not allowed to.”
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Additionally, the letter stated that TPUSA is a “tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)” and is independent of the Republican Party. The letter stated that special damages are inferred “in circumstances where the communication is of such a kind that the court can conclude as a matter of law that the communication will tend to degrade or shame the party defamed.” Therefore, TPUSA asks that ABC stop all further unlawful defamation of TPUSA, retract the above-mentioned defamatory comments, and release a public statement apologizing for and correcting the foregoing defamatory and false statements.
ABC News was given until July 27 in the letter to withdraw and apologies.
“Should ABC decide not to comply with the demands above, TPUSA is prepared to immediately take all steps necessary to protect its rights,” the letter said. “This includes pursuing all available legal remedies, seeking monetary and non-monetary damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees and costs.” The ninth Student Action Summit of TPUSA was held at the conference this year in Tampa. TPUSA promised “an spectacular celebration of self-expression, self-reliance, and self-acceptance” prior to the occasion.