The very unpopular (to some) Phyllis Schlafly is dead
A lot of people are Ding-Dong-the-Witch-is-Deading over the death of Phyllis Schlafly.
Someone has to say it: Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Phyllis Schlafly will no longer be able to torment us.
— Mike Mitchell (@mikemitchellnyc) September 6, 2016
Schlafly, who died this week at the age of 92, was a famous conservative activist. She opposed gay rights and the feminist movement, and is credited for single-handedly stopping the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have eliminated all gender-based discrimination in the Constitution.
Schlafly had many controversial stances: She didn’t think marital rape is real, she was virulently anti-immigration, she was against AIDS prevention and teaching evolution in schools and she was a devoted Donald Trump supporter.
Reax on the Web and in the media are very divided: Conservatives mourn their hero, while liberals ... do not. Here's a sampling:
Trump tweeted about her:
As a tribute to the late, great Phyllis Schlafly, I hope everybody can go out and get her latest book, THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR TRUMP.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2016
And so did a lot of people, with extremely different opinions:
Thank you, Phyllis Schlafly, for your grace, strength, courage and impact. Always classy. Never shirked from a fight. God bless you.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 6, 2016
Phyllis Schlafly is a pretty good reminder of why African-Americans don't vote Republican https://t.co/TgtzRfRx29
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) September 6, 2016
Phyllis Schlafly said "We'll have a woman President over my dead body." God accepts the deal. https://t.co/5lDfLA23Qq
— Randi Rhodes (@RandiRhodes) September 6, 2016
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Phyllis Schlafly, the First Lady of the Conservative Movement. May her life ever inspire, RIP
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) September 6, 2016
Phyllis Schlafly once said there'd be a woman president over her dead body. I'm glad God found her terms acceptable.
— Lex Alexander (@LexAlexander) September 6, 2016
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