Phyllis Schlafly could be ousted from her own organization, The Eagle Forum, due to her endorsement of Donald Trump.
We need your assistance in stopping the hostile takeover of Eagle Forum. https://t.co/foMSEtI4pC— Phyllis Schlafly (@PhyllisSchlafly) April 11, 2016
According to the Washington Examiner, six board members met by phone to discuss removing her from the organization.
Schlafly said in a phone interview to supporters yesterday, “This kind of conduct will not stand and I will fight for Eagle Forum and I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in this fight.”
The Daily Caller reports that one of the board members attempting to oust Schlafly, Anne Cori, is Schlafly’s own daughter.
Schlafly blasted the move in a letter to supporters.
“At 2 pm today, 6 directors of Eagle Forum met in an improper, unprecedented telephone meeting. I objected to the meeting and at 2:11 pm, I was muted from the call. The meeting was invalid under the Bylaws but the attendees purported to pass several motions to wrest control of the organization from me. They are attempting to seize access to our bank accounts, to terminate employees, and to install members of their own Gang of 6 to control the bank accounts and all of Eagle Forum.”
Schlafly: Trump “A Real Conservative”
Phyllis Schlafly, 91, endorsed Trump last month. She introduced him at a campaign rally in St. Louis on March 11, where she called him “a real conservative.”
“I am confident that Donald Trump will stand up against bad trade deals, reform bad immigration policies, and appoint constitutionalist judges like Antonin Scalia,” the Dallas Morning News quoted her at the time.
The Dallas Morning News also reported, however, that most members of Eagle Forum, the organization started by Schlafly in 1972, support Texas senator Ted Cruz.
Cathie Adams, past president of Eagle Forum, criticized Schlafly’s endorsement.
“[Schlafly’s endorsement] is going to be widely dismissed. At 91, it is just totally unfair to impose upon someone who has such a beautiful legacy … I think this was very much a manipulation. When you’re 91 and you’re not out with the grass roots all the time, it is very much taking advantage of someone.”
Ed Martin, the current president of Eagle Forum who was handpicked by Phyllis Schlafly for the position, blasted the move in an email to supporters.
According to the Washington Post, John Schlafly, Phyllis Schlafly’s son, said that her position was at risk “only in Eagle Forum’s nonprofit group, not its political wing.”
“The trouble, he explained, started when his mother decided that Trump alone had a path to a first-round victory at the Republican convention, and ‘Phyllis won Trump’s support to maintain a conservative GOP platform this year.’”
Phyllis Schlafly: A Hero of the Conservative Movement
Phyllis Schlafly has been a mainstay in conservative politics since the 1960s. She is widely credited with preventing the Equal Rights Amendment from being enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. EqualRightsAmendment.org, which chronicled the history of the Amendment, claimed that Schlafly “played on the same fears that had generated female opposition to woman suffrage.”
Her website states, “In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, called the Equal Rights Amendment.”
“An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she appears in debate on college campuses more frequently than any other conservative. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.”
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