The U.S. President Donald Trump said that he would pardon Susan B. Anthony, the women’s suffragist that was arrested for voting illegally back in 1872 and charged with a $100 fine. The President uses all of the tricks up his sleeve to appeal to female voters on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
This is one of Trump’s efforts to distract the public from the Democratic National Convention and narrow the large gap between him and Joe Biden in the race for the upcoming elections.
He said that Susan B. Anthony was never pardoned, and he questioned “what took so long?”.
He said at the White House ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that he will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony.
“She got a bargain for a lot of other women, and she didn’t put her name on the list. So she was never pardoned for voting.” – he added.
Trump had teased on Monday that he would pardon “a very, very important” person as he traveled on Air Force One. He said that she was guilty for voting, and he’s signing a full and complete pardon.
Susan B. Anthony was tried for illegally voting, and protested the fine that she was charged with.
Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Suffrage Association in 1869 as a part of their battle to secure a women’s right to vote, and she gave as many as 100 speeches a year and traveled almost every state to push for an amendment to be added to the constitution. Sadly, she passed in 1906, before the 19th amendment was ratified.
Congress passed the amendment in 1919, and it was finally ratified on August 18, 1920.
The U.S. Treasury Department put Anthony’s portrait on dollar coins in 1979 to honor her work, and she’s the first woman to be honored that way.