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Donald Trump Eulogizes Phyllis Schlafly Whose Book "A Choice Not An Echo" Inspired His Movement

Donald trump pays respects to Phyllis Schlafly

 

Conservative leader, author and activist Phyllis Schlafly was laid to rest Saturday after a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mrs. Schlafly was the first major conservative leader to endorse Donald Trump, backing his candidacy shortly after he announced, much to the surprise of many in the conservative movement.

Trump acknowledged his debt to Phyllis Schlafly by abruptly changing his schedule to attend her funeral Mass and offer a heartfelt eulogy to the First Lady of the Conservative Movement.

"America has always been about the underdog and always been about defying the odds, the idea that so called little people or the little person that she loved so much, could beat the system, often times the rigged system, that the American grassroots is more powerful than all of the world's the special interest put together, and that's the way Phyllis felt," said Donald Trump in his eulogy of Mrs. Schlalfy.

And Trump was most certainly right about Phyllis Schlafly’s influence on his movement, powered as it is by those who take their policy choices from the politics of Ronald Reagan, but the spirit of their movement from Phyllis Schlafly’s 1964 classic book “A Choice Not An Echo.”

The premise of the book was that the “kingmakers” using every trick of politics “dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just as completely as the Paris dressmakers control the length of women’s skirts.”

In that incisive observation Mrs. Schlafly may have been the first conservative to articulate that the first impediment to governing America according to conservative principles is not the Democratic Party and liberals, but the entrenched special interests running the establishment Republican Party.

The original version of Schlafly’s 1964 indictment of the power of the kingmakers and the need for a grassroots conservative revolution was updated in a fiftieth anniversary edition of “A Choice Not An Echo” that brought the critique of the destructive DC power structure and the call for revolutionary change into the 21st century, but one key premise remained the same – anyone running for president who threatened the power of the kingmakers would be destroyed.

So it came as no surprise to those who knew Schlafly’s work that the charges the kingmakers leveled against Barry Goldwater in 1964 would be eerily repeated against Donald Trump in 2016:

Scranton camp followers spread shocking tales suggesting that Goldwater was perhaps in league with neo-Nazis in Germany – and this about a man whose own father was Jewish. Scranton himself attacked Goldwater; in his challenge to a “debate” in tones plainly implying that Goldwater was not only wrong but actually evil.

It likewise should not have come as such a big surpise that Mrs. Schlafly was such an enthusiastic endorser of Donald Trump, saying "Trump is the only hope to defeat the kingmakers… Because everybody else will fall in line. The kingmakers have so much money behind them.”

"The kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart, “have picked our last bunch of losers. And there’s one loser after another because they were more interested in maintaining their flow of money from the big donors and their cooperation with the Democrats—their bipartisanship—and that’s not my goal. I’m for America [Schlafly slams hand on table] and America first [slams hand on table again].”

Phyllis Schlafly’s last book, The Conservative Case for Trump arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, September 6 the day after she passed away. In it, she presented Donald Trump’s conservative bona fides and argued that fellow cultural conservatives should support Trump, especially with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.

"We are here today to honor the life and legacy of a truly great American patriot," Donald Trump said in his eulogy. "A movement has lost its hero. Believe me, Phyllis was there for me when it was not at all fashionable. Trust me."

 

Conservatives who remain skeptical of the Trump candidacy might find that the bookends of Phyllis Schlafly’s long career, A Choice Not An Echo and The Conservative Case for Trump, not only wholly justify conservative support for Trump, but also explain why Donald Trump was there to eulogize Mrs. Schlafly and keep faith with the lady who inspired his movement.

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