Strife Continues Within Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum

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Phyllis Schlafly’s socially conservative group Eagle Forum is still in the throes of in-fighting as Schlafly accuses the same six women she asked to resign of trying to seize access to the group’s bank accounts.

As The Daily Caller previously reported, Schlafly wrote an open letter Sunday asking six women, including her daughter, to resign. She and Eagle Forum president Ed Martin are accusing them of conspiring to oust Schlafly.

On Monday, those same six board members released a statement in which they write, “the Board of Eagle Forum voted to remove Mr. Ed Martin as President of the corporation; effective immediately.”

“Mrs. Eunie Smith is serving as President until a new President is elected pursuant to the Eagle Forum By-Laws. Mrs. Smith appointed Eagle Forum Board Vice Chairman, Anne Schlafly Cori, daughter of Phyllis Schlafly, as Executive Director of Eagle Forum,” the statement from these six board members continues to say.

The statement says that during the board’s meeting Monday, “Phyllis Schlafly, the Chairman of the Board, was present during the entire meeting, including expressing herself on all seven votes.” It added, “she also said that paid staff cannot order volunteers around.”

However, an official statement from Phyllis Schlafly was released shortly thereafter that repudiated the words of these board members.

“At 2pm today, 6 directors of Eagle Forum met in an improper, unprecedented telephone meeting.  I objected to the meeting and at 2:11pm, I was muted from the call,” Schlafly writes. “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.”

Anne Cori, Schlafly’s daughter and one of the six board members asked to resign, did not return a request for comment from TheDC regarded Schlafly’s statement.

In an interview with WND Monday Schlafly said, “I think the leader of the coup is my daughter Anne Cori and her husband at Eagle Forum of Missouri.” Her son, John Schlafly, said among the six board members who his mom wants to resign are several “who feel Donald Trump is unacceptable as the GOP presidential candidate in 2016.”

Phyllis Schlafly endorsed Trump earlier this year.