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President Trump declared he would be giving a White House pardon for someone special and he was absolutely right!
The pardon will go to notable women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
Susan B. Anthony was a monumental leader for the women’s suffrage movement and was later arrested for it in 1872 for violating laws that allowed only men to vote in the presidential elections.
Trump will be giving her a posthumous pardon which will give her a clean slate and not be guilty of voting in 1872.
JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he will pardon Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, who was arrested for voting in 1872 in violation of laws permitting only men to vote. https://t.co/5izRe6dqkn pic.twitter.com/yKSfCkKFYc
— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2020
President Trump never ceases to surprise. This is a new one: Donald Trump pardons female suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony who was convicted of illegally voting to mark 100th anniversary of 19th amendment giving women right to vote
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) August 18, 2020
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) August 18, 2020
Our friends at Fox News had this to say about Susan B. Anthony’s pardon:
President Trump announced Tuesday morning he will give a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony, one of history’s biggest figures in the women’s suffrage movement.
The announcement came 100 years to the day after the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Anthony, a strong anti-slavery pioneer who died in 1906, had been arrested in 1872 for violating laws that had permitted only men to vote in the presidential election.
She was then indicted, tried and convicted for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs.
The historic New Yorker described her two-day trial in June 1873 as “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded,” according to The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
While President Ulysses S. Grant had pardoned election inspectors, he never pardoned Anthony and had told her before she cast her ballot that he had “already done more for women than any other president.”
In 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.
Susan B. Anthony is now honored in the Capitol Rotunda as part of the women’s suffrage monument. Called the “Portrait Monument,” it depicts three women who fought to secure the vote for women, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Anthony.
On Monday, President Trump told reporters that he would pardon someone “very, very important,” but refused to go into details.
“She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned,” President Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “What took so long?”
“She was guilty for voting,” he said, “and we’re going to be signing a full and complete pardon.”
Majorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, and conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell were in attendance.
The president has pardoned or granted clemency to a number of people in the past and most recently granted clemency to longtime political adviser Roger J. Stone Jr., who was convicted of impeding a congressional inquiry into Trump’s 2016 campaign and possible ties to Russia.
The New York Times alleged that the pardon “appeared to be an effort to distract from the Democratic National Convention and narrow the historically large gender gap that has him trailing Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the White House race.
President Trump has just announced that he will give a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony.
She was one of the biggest figures in the women's suffrage movement.
Thank you, President Trump!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) August 18, 2020
President Trump will pardon Susan B. Anthony, found guilty by an all-male jury of illegal voting in 1872 presidential election.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 18, 2020
USA Today had this to say about Susan B. Anthony getting pardoned:
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump paid tribute Tuesday to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by announcing he would grant a pardon to suffragist Susan B. Anthony.
Anthony, one of the leading figures in the movement to secure voting rights for women, was arrested for voting in Rochester, N.Y., in 1872, violating the laws then that said only men could vote. She was convicted the following year.
“She was never pardoned,” Trump said during a ceremony at the White House. “She got a pardon for a lot of other women. And she didn’t put her name on the list.”
With first lady Melania Trump at his side, Trump signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the amendment, which was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, giving women the right to vote.
Susan B. Anthony is more than deserving to receive this pardon. She not only contributed towards advancing woman’s rights but also supported the abolitionist movement.
Overall this pardon was long overdue and it took Trump to show enough respect towards her accomplishments to pardon her.