FOX Nation Patriot Awards Honor American Exceptionalism

FOX Nation Patriot Awards Honor American Exceptionalism

FOX News Media EVP Warren Vandeveer, David Webb, FOX News COO & CFO Joe Dorrego, Tom Shillue, Lawrence Jones, FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, Fox Nation EVP John Finley, FOX News President Jay Wallace, Abby Hornacek, Johnny Joey Jones and FOX News Digital EVP Porter Berry.

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
November 18, 2021

For about two hours this past Wednesday night, the FOX Nation descended on the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, and also tuned in to watch their favorite TV personalities take to the stage during the 3rd annual Patriot Awards.

Hosted by ‘Fox and Friends’ weekend host Pete Hegseth, the awards show showcased and honored everyday Americans who exemplified American exceptionalism and heroism.

The who’s who of FOX News were in attendance—Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Lawrence Jones, David Webb, Guy Benson, Jeanine Pirro, Brian Kilmeade, and Dan Bongino.

While there was a slew of touching, emotion-filled moments throughout the program, including Sean Hannity’s tribute to the late and great Rush Limbaugh, the show began and ended with a bang.

First, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a surprise appearance and revved up the crowd of about 4,000. Attendees cheered on Gov. DeSantis and even broke out in the now-infamous “Let’s go Brandon” chant.

Interestingly enough, the very next morning, DeSantis signed anti-mandate bills into law in the community of, wait for it… wait for it… Brandon, Florida.


Laura Ingraham kicked off the show by presenting the “Most Valuable Patriot” award to Olympic gold medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock.

An emotional Mensah-Stock expressed her love of country and thanked the nation for supporting her efforts during the last Olympiad.

“I was taught to love my country so I am here representing the USA – thank you guys so much for your support.  I wouldn’t be here without my faith, my family, or my friends. You guys have a beautiful night,” said Mensah-Stock.

To cap off the night, FOX Nation’s Nancy Grace presented the Back the Blue Award to Metropolitan Police officer Taylor Brandt for saving the lives of 9 individuals during her rookie year.

Officer Brandt, like the other award recipients, was humbled by the recognition and dedicated the award to all the police officers that took part in the January 6th Capitol riot

“I want to thank all of the officers that I work with, they have truly become my second family whether they are DC fire or EMS they truly bring comfort through all of those tense situations. And just finally, I’d like to dedicate this award to all of the officers that we lost and all of the officers that were injured on January 6th – you were called to protect the District and the Capitol and Democracy in a way none of could have ever imagined– you are all true patriots. And I thank you so much,” said Brandt.

Outside of catching up with Webb and Benson prior to the show, we spoke to Brian Kilmeade during his book signing session at the end of the night, where the morning host expressed how much he was “ in awe” about the awards show, adding that now more than ever, “people are just thirsting to be patriotic again.”

“I couldn’t be more in aw the way they pulled it off. There’s nothing like it. It’s Pro-America. People are just thirsting to be patriotic again,” Kilmeade.

We couldn’t find Lawrence Jones, but that could have been because he may still have his own security detail and they probably had him all wrapped up.

Yes, it may be hard to believe, but at one point pre-COVID, Jones had a security detail trailing him at CPAC.

Even an amused Katie Pavlich couldn’t believe Jones had a detail, telling The Floridian,” What, Lawrence has a detail, really?”

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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