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Conservatives Remember Phyllis Schlafly

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 11:50 AM

Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative, anti-feminist powerhouse who died Monday at the age of 92, was remembered as a tenacious activist who was always up for a fight to defend her often controversial beliefs.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who was endorsed by Schlafly, remembered her as "a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the 'kingmakers' on behalf of America's workers and families ...

"She was a patriot, a champion for women, and a symbol of strength. She fought every day right to the end for America First. Her legacy will live on in the movement she led and the millions she inspired," Trump said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrote Tuesday on his Facebook page:

"She was brilliant, tough, tenacious, and driven by absolute adherence to principle and not to personalities. I will miss her personally, but the conservative cause has lost its matriarch. And there is no one even close to replacing her. God bless you Phyllis, for changing the world!"

Huckabee recalled being given a copy of Schlafly's book "A Choice, Not an Echo" when he was 15 years old.

"It was very instrumental in cementing my belief in limited government and the power of a Constitutional Republic," he said.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Schlafly "iconic" and "heroic."

"No one can fill her sensible high heeled shoes. She opened my eyes to the rights and wrongs in worldly government back in my college days as she spoke about the Reagan era and all that Reagan's pro-America efforts were doing for our great country. Many of us owe our political awakening to Phyllis Schlafly," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said: "Phyllis Schlafly lived a courageous and important life. She was never afraid of a fight but also knew when to celebrate what was possible and continue to work for more. She was a valued friend."

Eunie Smith, first vice president of the Eagle Forum, a conservative group Schlafly founded in 1972, said in a statement: "America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor. I have personally lost a dear friend of over 40 years."

Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, called Schlafly "an unflinching champion of many ideas Republicans have long held dear."

Priebus added: "Through her tireless activism that continued even into her 90s, Phyllis Schlafly never wavered in giving a voice to millions of Americans concerned about preserving constitutional rights, strong families, and American greatness.

"Her influence will continue to be felt for years to come, and as we celebrate an iconic figure in the conservative cause, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and many admirers."

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