Whoopi Goldberg makes on-air apology for remarks on 'The View' linking Turning Point USA to neo-Nazis
- Whoopi Goldberg apologized on "The View" on Thursday for remarks linking Turning Point USA to neo-Nazis.
- Goldberg took back comments accusing TPUSA of being "complicit" in a neo-Nazi protest.
Whoopi Goldberg made an on-air apology on Thursday for her remarks on ABC's "The View," in which she linked Turning Point USA to a group of neo-Nazi protesters.
"In Monday's conversation about Turning Point USA, I put the young people at the conference in the same category as the protesters outside," Goldberg said on Thursday's episode.
"I don't like it when people make assumptions about me, and it's not any better when I make assumptions about other people, which I did," she continued. "So, my bad, I'm sorry."
Goldberg and co-host Joy Behar commented about the neo-Nazi protest outside the TPUSA Student Action Summit last weekend in Tampa, Florida.
Insider reported that a group gathered outside the Tampa Convention Center with Nazi flags, swastikas, the SS logo, and antisemitic caricatures of Jews while the TPUSA Student Action Summit was taking place. Former President Donald Trump was the star speaker at the conservative gathering.
In a discussion on the incident on last Monday's show, Behar described it as being out of the "same playbook" as Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
Later in the show, "The View" read an on-air disclaimer to let viewers know that TPUSA condemned the protesters.
TPUSA had earlier confirmed to Insider that the Nazi protesters were not connected to the event.
Goldberg, however, responded by saying: "But you let them in, and you knew what they were, so you were complicit."
Another legal disclaimer was read on-air to explain how the neo-Nazi group was outside the conference center.
"My point was more metaphorical. You embraced them at your thing, I felt," Goldberg said.
Fox News reported that TPUSA had threatened "The View" with legal action if they did not retract the comments.
TPUSA consequently launched a #SueTheView campaign on social media.
On Wednesday, Sara Haines told viewers that the show wanted to make it clear that the demonstrators were not invited or endorsed by TPUSA.
A TPUSA spokesperson, however, voiced that it should have been Goldberg, not Haines, who issued the apology, per Fox News. The organization's founder, Charlie Kirk, reportedly suggested that legal action remained on the table.
Goldberg eventually apologized for her remarks on Thursday.
Insider contacted TPUSA and Goldberg for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
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