Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative icon who has railed against the feminist movement for decades, has endorsed Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign.
In a statement reported by the Des Moines Register, Schlafly said Bachmann is courageous and a “real champion in speaking up for values we care about.”
Schlafly has long been complimentary of the Minnesota Republican’s candidacy.
Bachmann has called Schlafly her “mentor” and a “heroine.”
“As a young bride and a young mother I read faithfully the Phyllis Schlafly Report. She was my lifeline to what was happening in the world,” Bachmann said on a tea party radio program broadcast in Iowa in July. “She truly is the mother of the modern conservative movement. ... I think she is the most important woman in the United States in the last 100 years.”
Bachmann added that Schlafly is “the person that I hope to be someday.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.