Turning Point USA delivers a cease-and-desist order to ABC News for making disparaging remarks about The View.


Exclusive: Turning Point USA on Tuesday delivered a harsh cease and desist letter to ABC News, 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 Views 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 comments” about its recent Student Action Summit has been received by Fox News Digital and is addressed to ABC News New York bureau head Joshua Hoyos and ABC associate general counsel Ian Rosenberg.

A request for comment from ABC News did not immediately receive a response.
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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 criticized it because neo-Nazi protesters were outside the venue.

“Neo-Nazis were present at the conference’s entrance, brandishing anti-Semitic epithets, the Nazi insignia, and an image of an alleged Jew with exaggerated features—just like Goebbels did during the Third Reich. 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.

A legal disclaimer was given aloud to viewers later in the program’s “The View” segment to let them know that Turning Point USA opposed 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 panelists were compelled to read a further disclaimer and clarify the neo-Nazis were “outside protestors” and TPUSA didn’t let them in. I was making a figurative argument, Goldberg added.


The TPUSA in-house attorney Veronica Peterson, who wrote the harsh cease and desist, was unsatisfied with the on-air disclaimers.

“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 said that TPUSA let “neo-Nazis” to attend its SAS event, symbolically embrased them, and that neo-Nazis were present. 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, claiming that somehow the group and its participants were complicit and/or associated with the outside protest, 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.

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 apologize.

The letter stated, “Should ABC decide not to comply with the demands above, TPUSA is prepared to swiftly take all necessary steps to preserve its interests, including pursuing all available legal remedies, demanding monetary and non-monetary damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys fees and expenses.”

Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, US, on Friday, July 22, 2022.

The ninth Student Action Summit of TPUSA was held at the conference this year in Tampa. An magnificent celebration of self-expression, self-reliance, and self-acceptance, according to TPUSA promised before the event.