Trump to Pardon Susan B. Anthony

Social reformer and women’s suffrage movement leader Susan B. Anthony. AP

President Trump said Tuesday he would grant a full pardon posthumously to Susan B. Anthony, a famed women’s rights advocate who played a critical role in the women’s suffrage movement.

Trump made the announcement during a ceremony Tuesday morning celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

Anthony was found guilty in 1873 by a completely male jury for having illegally voted in the November 1872 presidential election and was fined $100.

“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” Trump said at the conclusion of brief remarks at the White House, expressing awe that Anthony was never pardoned. “She was never pardoned. What took so long?”

The pardon for Anthony, who died in 1906, comes as Trump finds himself trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in polls and facing a significant deficit with women. Trump has been frequently criticized for derogatory remarks about women while in office. In October 2016, while running for president, a video of him talking with an “Access Hollywood” host about grabbing women by the genitals created a major scandal.

Trump won the election over Democrat Hillary Clinton weeks later, however, and his supporters say his tough talk with female political opponents is matched by his tough talk toward men.

At the event on Tuesday, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and briefly reflected on the history of the women’s suffrage movement.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Morgan Chalfant