In a new warning that “America is under attack” from the left, an influential conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has pointed a finger to National Football League protests of the national anthem and flag as proof.

“The left will stop at nothing and what we’ve seen with the National Football League, protesting the anthem, is a sign that they are mainstreaming anti-Americanism and we will not let that happen,” warned Ginni Thomas at the first ever conservative Impact Awards, sponsored by her Liberty Consulting and United in Purpose.

“If you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, America is under attack,” she added at the Wednesday event held in the Lincoln Library at Washington’s Trump International Hotel.

“They don’t just see us as citizens as a different point of view, they see us as their enemy. They have shown over and over again with an eagerness that they are not going to just win but they want to take us down. They want to extinguish our rights to speak and be heard and maybe take away whatever we’re doing for financial gain, whether it's economic boycotts or swarming,” added Thomas.

The Impact Awards were designed to recognize conservative “warriors” from different parts of the conservative movement.

Fox host Sean Hannity was the headliner and won the “Outstanding Impact Award,” and many of the 11 others were mainstays in the conservative effort, though there were a few surprises.

Conservative pundit Dan Bongino was the most surprised and appreciative of winning his award, expressing a bit of shock at being on the same stage as Hannity.

The Fox host said he accepted his award for the “deplorables” in the nation who voted for President Trump.

In his address he ripped Democrats and liberals threatening to impeach Trump. He said they want “to undo an election that they lost.” But he also rapped the Republican Party and it’s inability to get much done, especially ending Obamacare. “I don’t know who these people are,” he said.

Thomas said the winners help to keep liberal attacks on American culture at bay. “The foundations of our country are shaking, culturally, politically, and we are the warriors. We are the fighters. We are the people who hear it, who see it, and are not going to stand behind and be complicit as the left moves its forces across our country to fundamentally transform this country,” she said to the audience full of movement conservative organizers.

The winners of the awards:

  • Sean Hannity — Outstanding Impact Award.
  • Richard Viguerie, chairman of American Target Advertising -- Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Larry Arnn, President, Hillsdale College.
  • Dan Bongino, former NYPD detective, U.S. Secret Service.
  • Thomas Fitton, president, Judicial Watch.
  • Frank Gaffney, president Center for Security Policy.
  • Charlie Kirk, CEO, Turning Point USA.
  • Richard Manning, president, Americans for Limited Government.
  • James O’Keefe, founder and president, Project Veritas.
  • Chris Plante, host of the Chris Plante Show on WMAL in Washington.
  • Star Parker, president, Center for Urban Renewal.
  • Leonard Leo, executive vice president, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com