President Donald Trump announced he would be issuing a White House pardon for legendary women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he’ll pardon Susan B. Anthony, arrested for voting in 1872 in violation of laws permitting only men to vote.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 18, 2020
Anthony was arrested in 1872 and found guilty by an all-male jury for illegal voting in that year’s presidential election nearly a half-century before women were granted the nationwide constitutional right they enjoy today.
Trump previewed the pardon Monday telling reporters on Air Force One he would be pardoning someone “very, very important.” The tease sparked a flurry of speculation over who it might be, though the president offered no details other than that it would not be former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Anthony’s pardon nearly 150 years after her arrest on the centennial of women’s nationwide suffrage comes as Trump makes an effort to narrow a gender gap with former Vice President Joe Biden less than 80 days away from the November election where 62 percent of female voters reported they were unlikely to support Trump for a second term in June.
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— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 18, 2020