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‘The View’ co-host forced to retract egregious accusation against Amy Coney Barrett: ‘Sorry about that’

“The View” co-host Joy Behar was forced to apologize on Tuesday after claiming one day earlier that Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a member of a “hate group.”

What did Behar claim?

On Monday, the liberal commentator claimed that Coney Barrett’s membership in religious group People of Praise is evidence that she belongs to a “hate group.”

“Now, here’s my question. She is, you know, a religious person. She belongs to the People of Praise group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled them a hate group, and their founder has questioned the so-called separation of church and state,” Behar declared.

“They believe that sex should occur only within marriage and, of course, between a man and a woman. They’ve got very specific things that they believe,” she added.

The remarks came as progressives demand Coney Barrett recuse herself from a case in which religious liberty and LGBT ideology clash. Critics have specifically cited Coney Barrett’s connection to People of Praise as reason she must recuse herself.

But is what Behar claimed true?

The Southern Poverty Law Center, in fact, does not categorize People of Praise as a “hate group.”

On Tuesday, she therefore retracted her previous claims defaming Coney Barrett and issued an apology. She claimed she had conflated People of Praise with another organization, but was vague about which exact organization that was.

“I have to clarify something I said yesterday,” Behar said. “I want to correct something I said on air when I stated that People of Praise had been deemed a hate group.

“I just got them mixed up with another group. It was inaccurate. So I don’t think that’s right that I should — I have to say, you know, sorry about that,” she added. “Anyway, I conflated them.”

u201cA day late and a dollar short.nJoy Behar is made to walk back a false statement she made yesterday when she lied about Justice Amy COney Barrett being a member of a “hate group.”n”I just got them mixed up with another group. It was inaccurate.”u201d

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When discussing Coney Barrett on Monday, “The View” co-host Sara Haines surprisingly disagreed with her co-hosts on the issue of Coney Barrett’s recusal.

“I’m an avid LGBTQ ally and supporter and I believe in all of that, but I don’t think she should recuse herself for that very reason. This is not a religious opinion,” she said.

“When you write these opinions they’re pages long. As the general public, we hear the headlines of the results, not how they got there,” she explained. “It’s kind of like a math problem. They have to cite and source every single part of what they do, and judges across this country go to work every day and have to set aside their personal beliefs.”