Donald Trump gives opening remarks at Phyllis Schlafly’s funeral in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made opening remarks at prominent conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly's funeral in St. Louis Saturday.

"We are here today to honor the life and legacy of a truly great American patriot," said Donald Trump "A movement has lost its hero.   Believe me that Phyllis was there for me when it was not at all fashionable.  Trust me."

Schlafly, an early supporter of the Religious Right, died Monday. She was 92.  She was most well-known for her work opposing the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970's, emerging as one of the leading female critics of the feminist movement.

"Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the 'kingmakers' on behalf of America's workers and families," Trump said following her death. "I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty."

In her latest book -- "The Conservative Case for Trump" -- released Tuesday, Schlafly argued that conservative Christians should follow high profile evangelical leaders, including Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and support Trump's candidacy.

"Trump has gone to great lengths to court national leaders in the social-conservative movement and has convinced many of the most prominent ones that he genuinely supports their policy positions," she wrote in the book co-authored by Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker.

Trump, who is handily winning with evangelical voters according to the most recent Pew poll, will protect the Christian faith from Muslims abroad and the political left in the US, Schlafly and her co-authors wrote.

"Christianity is under attack around the world -- most dramatically from Islamists, but also insidiously here at home with attacks on religious freedom," they wrote. "Donald Trump has made a point about speaking out against the persecution of Christians abroad and against the left's political correctness that is trying to ban public expressions of Christianity at home."

"Trump is also outspoken on the need to defend Christians in Muslim countries and other countries where they are persecuted," they added.

Donald Trump is expected to visit the Ground Zero memorial in New York on Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a campaign source and a New York City official told CNN. He is expected to then visit a nearby firehouse, the city official told CNN.

The campaign source told CNN he would make a stop after his visit to Ground Zero but did not provide details. Hillary Clinton is also expected to visit Ground Zero on Sunday. She won't speak and will not attend in a campaign capacity but to instead pay her respects, a campaign aide told CNN Friday.

Clinton will be at Ground Zero for the annual moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. ET, marking the moment when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have said they will not conduct campaign events on Sunday morning.

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