See UPDATE x1 below the fold
ST LOUIS, MO – If World Net Daily's quotes from an exclusive interview with conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly are what they seem to be, businessman Donald Trump just received a coveted endorsement.
“He does look like he’s the last hope [for America],” WND reports Schlafly said. “We don’t hear anybody saying what he’s saying. In fact, most of the people who ought to be lining up with him are attacking him. They’re probably jealous of the amount of press coverage he gets.
"But the reason he gets so much press coverage is the grassroots are fed up with people who are running things, and they do want a change. They do want people to stand up for America. It really resonates when he says he wants to ‘Make America Great Again.’”
Schlafly, who is a hardliner on immigration and abortion, praised Trump's willingness to fight the status quo.
“It sounds like Donald Trump is the only one who has any fight in him,” she said. “He will fight for the issues that we really care about and are very hot at the present time, such as the immigration issue. I don’t see anyone else who’s eager to fight.”
Schlafly founded the national conservative group Eagle Forum during the Equal Rights Amendment opposition, and earlier this year, the 91 year old turned the organization's reins over to activist Ed Martin.
She expressed frustration with the Republicans that voted for the $1.1 Trillion budget last week.
Schlafly unloaded on Republicans in Congress for passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill last week, a move she called a “betrayal.”
“This is a betrayal of the grassroots and of the Republican Party,” Schlafly said in an exclusive interview with WND. “We thought we were electing a different crowd to stand up for America, and they didn’t. We’re extremely outraged by what Congress has done. Nancy Pelosi couldn’t have engineered it any better. I think the people are going to react by electing Donald Trump.”
More of the WND interview HERE.
UPDATE x1: Phyllis Schlafly distributed a Christmas greeting Monday afternoon via mass email that muddies the above quotes somewhat:
So, what is at stake is the big question: will America continue to be a nation? From the beginning of his candidacy, Donald Trump has spoken about these fundamental questions. He is the front runner in large part because of these issues. While no candidate is perfect (not even Reagan), we must recognize leadership. There are good candidates in this race. Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz have also stressed the key issues and shown the willingness to fight. We need those two to keep doing well and articulating our positions.
Very interesting and very confusing to those who respect Schlafly's opinions.