Ed Martin, who Schlafly elevated to president of Eagle Forum in 2015, told The Washington Post that Schlafly had not been ousted yet, but that it was clearly the plan of Eagle's board. In an interview with WorldNetDaily, which publishes her work, the 91-year-old Schafly speculated that her Trump endorsement and opposition to the idea of a National Convention of States had roiled her opponents.
If so, the evidence had been building for months. After Schlafly made a surprise appearance at a Trump rally in Missouri, some Eagle Forum leaders criticized her; Cathie Adams, who runs the group's Texas branch, flatly speculated whether she could make a sound decision at her age.
"I think this was very much a manipulation," Adams told the Dallas Morning News. "When you’re 91 and you’re not out with the grassroots all the time, it is very much taking advantage of someone."
Schlafly's opponents in the "Gang of 6" include her daughter, Anne Cori; the group's treasurer and Schlafly's son, John Schlafly, told WorldNetDaily that her position was at risk only in Eagle Forum's nonprofit group, not its political wing. The trouble, he explained, started when his mother decided that Trump alone had a path to a first-round victory at the Republican convention, and "Phyllis won Trump’s support to maintain a conservative GOP platform this year."