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Phyllis Schlafly wanted Michele Bachmann to succeed her — but she was too much of a nitwit

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Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly had hoped to name Michele Bachmann as her successor — but she found the former Republican lawmaker’s qualifications lacking.

The 91-year-old Schlafly is embroiled in a power struggle and family feud within the Eagle Forum activist group she founded over her endorsement of Donald Trump.

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Schlafly explained to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that she had passed over her own daughter, Cori, as her hand-picked successor — which she believes may have sowed the seeds of a coup attempt, reported Right Wing Watch.

Bachmann, who retired last year from her Minnesota congressional seat, was considered as a potential successor to Schlafly — but Eagle Forum officials found she lacked the experience and knowledge to lead the conservative interest group.

“A lot of our people wanted us to pick Michele Bachmann, and she certainly has a lot of talent, a very fine speaker and so forth,” Schlafly said. “But she knew nothing about running an organization and she knew nothing about politics outside of her own domain.”

Now the group — and Schlafly’s family — is being torn apart in an argument over whether Trump or Ted Cruz would make a better president.

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Watch portions of her interview with Jones posted online by RWW Blog:

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Here’s why Trump is right — a recession would likely doom his re-election

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President Donald Trump is worried that there will be a recession before the 2020 election. For once, he is right about something.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well. Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession," Trump tweeted on Friday in a clear attempt to assuage concerns. "They are willing to lose their wealth, or a big part of it, just for the possibility of winning the Election. But it won’t work because I always find a way to win, especially for the people!"

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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