WASHINGTON D.C. – Conservative activist and reality TV star Phil Robertson will be the second recipient of the annual Citizens United “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award” at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference Breitbart News Network CEO Larry Solov and Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon along with Citizens United President David N. Bossie announced today.
“I want to thank Citizens United and Breitbart for this award. When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead,” said Phil Robertson, 2015 recipient of the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award.
Solov said, “As both Andrew’s business partner and lifelong friend, I can definitively say that he would have been thrilled to give this award, that bares his name, to Phil Robertson for his unflinching conviction in the face of an adversarial media. In fact, I’m fairly certain Andrew would have grown a beard for the award presentation.”
The “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award will be presented to Phil Roberston in the main ballroom at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD on Friday, February 27th at 12:40 p.m. At last year’s CPAC, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin accepted the inaugural award before a standing-room only audience saying, “The symptoms of tyranny, such as these brazen attacks on free speech, have threatened republics throughout time. We must speak out.”
“We are am honored to partner with Citizens United in presenting this award in Andrew’s name to Phil Roberston,” said Stephen K. Bannon. “Phil and his family have been that breath of fresh air Hollywood desperately needed. They are taking their faith and conservative politics mainstream. Phil has the guts to do and say what most politicians in Washington won’t: You must adhere to your conservative beliefs, all of them, and never surrender or compromise them for anyone. We are proud supporters of the Robertsons.”
“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.” Said Chairman Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union.
“Who would have thought that a show about family, guns, and God could become one of the most popular in cable history?” Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow asked rhetorically. “Andrew Breitbart did, actually. He believed that there is a huge market for entertainment focused on American and Judeo-Christian values. The success of ‘Duck Dynasty’ vindicates him, so it’s fitting that Mr. Robertson is the recipient of this year’s Breitbart award.”