Texas senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz issued the following statement on Monday, following the death of conservative icon Phyllis Schafly, who passed away just hours earlier at the age of 92.
“Today, our nation and the conservative movement suffered a great loss with the passing of an extraordinary woman, Phyllis Schlafly.
“Few will ever match Phyllis’ conviction and tenacity. She stood, literally, on the front lines fighting against forces that threatened to upend families and sought to undermine the Judeo-Christian values upon which our great nation was founded.
“Phyllis Schlafly loved America. Her contributions to our country went far beyond her work exposing the illogic of liberalism: Phyllis led the charge to make the Republican Party pro-life and defended the sanctity of marriage. She was a passionate defender of U.S. sovereignty and championed Reagan’s policy of ‘peace through strength’ during a crucial time in American history.
“Heidi’s and my prayers are with her family during their time of mourning. May she rest in peace.”
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Phyllis Schlafly, a leading voice within the Christian conservative movement for decades, shocked conservatives when she endorsed Donald Trump over Ted Cruz in the GOP primary. Many were stunned that Schlafly would endorse the thrice-married Trump, who has stated multiple times that he has never seen the need to ask God for forgiveness in his life, a prerequisite for being a Christian.
Phyllis Schlafly, who founded the Eagle Forum in 1975, was a strong advocate for the unborn and is perhaps most well-known as stopping the feminazi-inspired and wrongly-named “Equal Rights Amendment” in 1982, as well as being a forceful warrior against communism.
Her “A Choice Not an Echo” sold millions of copies and she has earned the nickname, “The First Lady of the Conservative Movement,” a label attached to Schafly by another longtime conservative warrior, Richard Viguerie.