Turning Point USA wants it to be very clear that the people with swastika flags outside their Student Action Summit were not invited. In fact, they’ve sent at least one cease and desist letter to a news and opinion program that mentioned the neo-Nazi gathering.
The View apparently received a warning from the right-wing organization, following days of news about such sanctioned speeches at their event as Matt Gaetz declaring pro-choice women too unattractive to impregnate, and the former President of the United States complaining that he wasn’t allowed to give himself the Medal of Honor while in office.
While these speeches were officially part of the event for students, Turning Point USA wants to make sure they emphasize that the neo-Nazis outside were not. The following is a clip from The View after they received a complaint about their previous reporting.
After receiving a cease and desist letter from Turning Point USA, "The View" reads a statement from a TPUSA spokesperson and apologizes for miscategorizing neo-Nazi demonstrations outside the event.@Alyssafarah: "They still invited Matt Gaetz though, I would just like to note." pic.twitter.com/71qZDyAFUw
— The Recount (@therecount) July 27, 2022
“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. A Turning Point USA spokesperson says the group, quote, “100% 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.”
Turning Point USA’s spokesperson also wanted The View to emphasize that this was not a Republican Party event, despite being headlined by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reports that they reached out to DeSantis for a similar condemnation of the neo-Nazi demonstrators and received no response.
According to Orlando Weekly, the demonstrations outside the event included swastika flags and pamphlets declaring that “every single aspect of abortion is Jewish,” as well as flags reading, “DeSantis Country,” and Alex Stein, who recently grabbed the attention of the right with his open sexual harassment of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, snatching signs from pro-choice protestors and shouting that the women were “baby killers.”
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