Steve King: 'Happy Warrior' Breitbart Helped Restore Convictions
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said the late Andrew Breitbart--and his book Righteous Indignation--helped him restore his convictions and reinvigorated him to stand firm on conservative principles and fight the left.
Speaking to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News' broadcast of the "Exempt America" rally on Tuesday, King, one of the staunchest conservatives in the House, said after he attended Breitbart's funeral he "got his book out again and I read it a second time" with his "red-ink underliner."
King said he underlined a lot of phrases in the book that helped restore his convictions, and he recalled Breitbart saying, "Walk towards the fire. Walk towards the fire. Their bullets aren't real."
"He was right," King said. "He was fearless. He had a warrior's spirit."
King said Breitbart, the "happy warrior," loved the battle, which was evident by the grin on his face when he walked into crowds and shamed the "rent-a-mob" protesters into taking down their signs. King said that when the protesters often did not know what signs they were holding, Breitbart gleefully called them out, told them that they should know what they are protesting about, and asked who paid for the signs.
"He looked them in the eye and confronted them with the falsehood of being a rent-a-mob," King said.
King said that when the left shoots arrows at conservatives and "dumps all these things on us," conservatives have to be willing to love the fight with the knowledge that they are in it for the right reasons. King said if not, "we'll eventually lose because our spirit will drag us down."
"But if we love this fight, we will defeat these people that are defeating America and undermining our constitution," King said.