Conservative Eagle Forum Members Turn Talons On Themselves
Cannibalistic bloodlust continues to course through the veins of the Grand Old Party, and now one of the nation's most revered right-wing activist groups is rife with rabid internal conflict.
Eagle Forum, that anti-abortion, anti-immigrant, anti-tolerance, anti-feminist fun-club for the farthest right of the far-right, is in turmoil after six state organizational leaders—including Texas' Cathie Adams—are threatening to claw 91-year old conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly out of her own creation.
Schlafly's eternal sin? She endorsed Donald Trump over Ted Cruz.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Schlafly, who founded Eagle Forum in 1972, says she's being forced out, and that "the group is trying to take over the organization by controlling bank accounts, firing employees and hiring their own" just because she promoted Trump while they prefer Cruz.
“[Schlafly’s endorsement of Trump] is going to be widely dismissed," Adams, the longstanding president of Texas Eagle Forum, told the Morning News in March. "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."
World Net Daily reported Adams and her fellow rebels at Eagle Forum planned to hold a special meeting Monday to discuss potential changes at the top, and she even said that "ousting Phyllis is a possibility." When Schlafly found out her compatriots were apparently plotting against her, she took it pretty hard.
“I think it’s an attempt to vote me out,” Schlafly told WND. “It’s disloyal, and it’s terribly shocking, and I’m completely depressed about it.”
This is literally ripping Eagle Forum apart. From Gawker:
On Monday evening, reporters received two vastly different press releases from members of Eagle Forum, the conservative interest group. One, sent by Anne Cori, the group’s newly appointed executive director, alleged that a telephone meeting between Eagle Forum board members held that afternoon “[ensured] that Eagle Forum will continue long into the future as a viable force.” The other, sent by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum’s 91-year-old founder, called that same meeting “improper,” “unprecedented,” and “invalid.”
Schlafly had apparently caught on to the insurrection from the start. She sent out a preemptive strike before Monday's meeting, referring to the "rogue group" moving against her as the "Gang of 6," and directly calling out Adams:
In an interview with WND, Adams denied the plot, and said the so-called "Gang of 6" had its sights set not on Schlafly, but on the group's president, Ed Martin of Missouri. “The six board members calling the meeting are among the most loyal to Phyllis,” Adams told WND.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by the time Monday's meeting ended, members had floated the possibility of removing Martin, but Schlafly's role as CEO apparently remained unchanged.
Oh, by the way, Anne Cori, one of the "Gang of 6" supposedly targeting Schlafly? Yeah, that's actually Schlafly's own daughter. According to the Daily Caller, Schlafly asked Cori and the other five suspected gangbangers to resign.
Adams was one of anti-HERO hero Jared Woodfill's keynote speakers throughout his rally tour of Texas churches as he runs for State GOP chair, and the Morning News reported Adams is running for vice chair (needless to say, Schlafly has since revoked her support of Adams, WND reported). This sort of conservative-on-conservative violence is all too common this political season, at every level, from the Trump v. Cruz slugfest to state politics, and Texas is a particularly hot spot.
It remains unclear who will walk away to live another day (politically speaking) from the Eagle Forum Civil War, but the tale of the tape does not bode well for Schlafly. After all, it's a "Gang of 6" against a 91-year old.
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