It is my honor to partner with Breitbart News Network, and Breitbart executives Stephen K. Bannon and Larry Solov, to present the Second Annual Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Last year, we bestowed the inaugural award to The Great One–conservative radio host Mark Levin. The presentation ceremony for this award was standing-room only at the CPAC Theater, where activists and conservative leaders joined to hear Mark Levin’s courageous acceptance speech.
This year, we are presenting this prestigious award to Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. The media is already buzzing about this exciting event, and the American Conservative Union has promoted it to the main CPAC stage, in front of thousands of conservatives and live on C-SPAN.
Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union said, “Robertson personifies the importance of holding tight to that which gives our lives meaning. For Phil Robertson, that includes his family, the Lord above, and of course creating havoc in the Louisiana countryside. We are honored to have him at this year’s CPAC.” I wholeheartedly agree.
Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon and I created this award to celebrate those who fiercely defend their free speech rights and the First Amendment. Someone who finds themselves taking on the institutional left and the mainstream media, and the result has a profound impact on American culture. Our culture was a large part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision for the conservative movement: that we take on the political left and the cultural left.
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