“My mom always told me if you can’t change something, don’t complain about it, but fix it. So I’ll be talking about solutions moving forward, I’m not a guy who really looks back,” Coleman said.
In his speech before the group, Coleman talked about the importance of the work that True the Vote was offering.
“Democracy can’t flourish in places where citizens don’t have faith in the democratic process,” Coleman said. “It’s all about faith in the system. Maybe we voted for them, maybe we can’t wait for them to get out of office, but they’re ours.”
“This event, the work you can do when you get home is so important to help your fellow citizens have faith in the democratic process, and it underscores further the fact that we must use all reasonable means to protect the integrity of the democratic process,” Coleman said. “Every vote counts, every vote should be a legitimate vote.”
Breitbart’s speech near the end of the conference mostly focused on the broader cultural war that he sees happening in America rather than the specifics of the debate over voter fraud. He said that the Tea Party had been unfairly maligned as racist. He said in an interview with TPM after his speech that the applause he received when he endorsed a Republican presidential ticket of African-American conservatives Herman Cain and Rep. Allen West shows that the Tea Party isn’t racist.
Engelbrecht (the head of the King Street Patriots) said she aspires to have teams of people in every voting precinct in the country, bringing the total to about one million volunteers for the presidential election — an effort certain to raise concerns amongst Democrats and liberal voting rights groups due to some of the problems that were allegedly caused by poll watchers trained by True the Vote in 2010. Given that the Justice Department investigated allegations of voter intimidation by poll watchers who were allegedly trained by True the Vote, Democrats and voting rights organizations are sure to be watching True the Vote’s efforts very closely.
Closing out the summit after Breitbart’s speech, Engelbrecht took out a “belt of truth” (in reference to a passage of scripture) that was sent to her by a True the Vote supporter.
“If our elections are not truly fair,” Engelbrecht said, “we are not truly free.”