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    “Walk toward the fire” — Andrew Breitbart died 8 years ago

    “Walk toward the fire” — Andrew Breitbart died 8 years ago

    “Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you… But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.”

    Every year on March 1, we remember the life and legacy of Andrew Breitbart.

    Here’s what I wrote on March 1, 2012, Andrew Breitbart dead:

    Very sad news to report, just breaking.  Andrew Breitbart is dead.

    Via Big Journalism:

    Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

    We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

    Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

    … There are few people who are irreplaceable, but Andrew may have been one of those few.

    I wrote A personal note on the death of Andrew Breitbart that day:

    I only spoke once with Andrew Breitbart. He reached out to me, and we spoke by phone.  The topic is not important, but I was shocked that he even knew who I was; but as I’ve come to learn, Andrew seemed to know who everyone was in the conservative blogosphere.  He was just that way.

    Since my wife called this morning to let me know of Andrew’s death, it has been hard to focus on anything else.  In her words, we don’t have that many bright media lights, and to lose him hurts.

    One of Andrew’s more famous quotes:

    “Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.”

    To this day, Andrew is maligned from the left for the video he and Larry O’Connor released about Shirley Sherrod. I have tried to set the record straight, but particularly in this social media age, I’m not sure the truth prevails anymore:

    “Apologize, for what?” became most associated with him, and it was phrase he tweeted the day of his death:

    https://twitter.com/AndrewBreitbart/status/175107970999386112

    As I noted last year, if that was the phrase most associated with Andrew, this was his advice which is more true now than ever:

    Wake up, Conservatives: Left is involved in 100% organized class & race warfare & you think you can sit this one out & not fight back?!?!

    Whenever I think of Andrew, I also think of Mandy.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20150516063038/https://twitter.com/HatingBreitbart/status/508757189805080576

    This is still my favorite interview of him, by Prof. Glenn Reynolds and the Instawife:

    Those who knew him best, and many who he inspired, remembered him today as well.

    https://twitter.com/M2Madness/status/1234139908169662464

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    ScottTheEngineer | March 1, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I think I’ve watched just about all of his speeches on Youtube.
    Both Greg Gutfeld and Steven Crowder feature the screaming face photo of him on the walls of their studios.

    Watch Gutfelds show from the day after he died. Really gives you insight into who Breitbart was.
    Trump reminds me of Breitbart a lot. “Be petty.”


     
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    TheOldZombie | March 1, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    And sadly the people who took over Breitbart.com ruined the site for a long time and dragged Breitbart’s name into the mud. It’s only starting to recover now. That’s my opinion of course.


     
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    Katy L. Stamper | March 1, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    He was such a funny goofball.

    Goofing around, making the left so angry they couldn’t speak straight!


     
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    RedEchos | March 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    My favorite Breitbart moment

    “Fcuk you …. War.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhSy-6VqIww


     
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    JOHN B | March 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    A lot of good things have happened the last few years – Andrew helped make that happen by keeping hope alive during the dark days of the Obama administration.

    Can you imagine how he would have vilified the phony impeachment and the scum who perpetrated it? It would have been priceless.


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