Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)By Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of the national conservative group Eagle Forum, says she’s fending off a takeover by board members upset with her endorsement of Donald Trump.

Founded by Schlafly in 1972, Eagle Forum claims 80,000 members nationwide, and Schlafly says some board members who favor Ted Cruz didn’t like Schlafly giving her blessing to Trump.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19: Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum speaks during the Family Research Council's 2007 Washington briefing October 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. The legislative action arm of the Family Research Council held the yearly event at which 2008 U.S. presidential hopefuls spoke, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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“A few people were very upset,” Schlafly says. “They don’t like his speech, and his manner, and I don’t know … they have other complaints like that.”

The 91-year old Schlafly took the stage of the Peabody Opera House last month to introduce Trump for a rally here, saying she endorsed him because he told her he would uphold the Republican platform.

“I think the Republican platform we passed at the last convention is the best ever,” Schalfly says. “And it’s strong on life, it’s strong on marriage and it’s strong on a big thing with me, which is national sovereignty.”

National sovereignty to Schlafly carries the idea that the U.S. should have “military superiority,” not just military equality with other nations.

Schlafly says Eagle Forum board members muted her phone this week during a conference call about the concerns.

“I have some members who think they can run Eagle Forum better than I can,” Schalfly says. “It’s a takeover push, and I don’ t think they’re going to be successful.”

At the heart of the power struggle is a “few million dollars” in the Eagle Forum bank account, which Schlalfy says is in her name and in the name of her son, John.

She describes John Schlafly as a Washington University graduate, lawyer and accountant.

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