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Trump says he will posthumously pardon U.S. women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony

World Aug 18, 2020 12:41PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala 2/2

By Katanga Johnson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will posthumously pardon American social reformer and women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony who was fined in 1872 for voting illegally.

Speaking at a White House event to mark the 100th anniversary of ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Trump said: "I will be signing a full and complete pardon of Susan B. Anthony. She was never pardoned."

Trump is facing a tough fight for re-election in November and has tried in recent weeks to appeal to women voters, especially those in the suburbs.

He said on Saturday he would consider pardoning Edward Snowden, who gave a trove of secret files in 2013 to news organizations that disclosed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the National Security Agency..

On Monday, he hinted that he would pardon a "very, very important" person, but added it would not be Snowden or former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Last month, Trump used his presidential power to commute the sentence of longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump says he will posthumously pardon U.S. women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony
 

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Jon Benton
Jon Benton Aug 20, 2020 9:11AM ET
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Anything for a vote ! Amazing how in 4 yrs nothing then when his term is nearly up he moves his can ?!
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 18, 2020 4:00PM ET
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This is really of very little political importance. Yes, in 1872 Susan was arrested for illegally voting before women were entitled to do so. She was indicted, tried, convicted, and fined. But Susan refused to pay the fine on the grounds that she was wrongly convicted, and the courts never pursued it further. So no legal penalty was ever extracted from Susan. This, coupled with the many subsequent accolades Susan received (the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote is widely known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin....just to name two) was synonymous with giving Susan a “pardon.” So Trump’s action today is nothing more than a political window dressing stunt.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 18, 2020 3:10PM ET
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I just reread the headline. The fact that Trump is going to do this posthumously explains Trump’s very odd behavior over the past 4+ years......he’s already dead! Good!
eddie glass
eddie glass Aug 18, 2020 2:56PM ET
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democrats complaining that this symbolic act is pan.dering for the female vote... meanwhile the DNC has selected a demented old white man with a history of racism and sexism and touching little girls and sniffing women as their presidential nominee who picked a  VP who was one of the worst performers in the primaries simply because of her race and gender. democrats just complain about everything and the democrat party love their brai.nless she.ep hating their own country and co.mplaining about trump while eating up any steaming pile of dog d.oo they are served by the DNC
eddie glass
eddie glass Aug 18, 2020 2:50PM ET
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democrats complaining that this symbolic act is pan.dering for the female vote... meanwhile the DNC has selected a demented old white man as their presidential nominee who picked a  VP who was one of the worst performers in the primaries simply because of her race and gender. democrats just complain about everything and the democrat party love their brai.nless she.ep hating their own country and co.mplaining about trump while eating up any steaming pile of dog d.oo they are served by the DNC
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 18, 2020 1:25PM ET
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Trump is a political grandstander. Anything for a vote. I think she’s certainly worthy of a pardon. And the fact that they graduated from high school together is purely incidental. The real reason for the pardon is that Susan took Trump’s SATs for him when nobody else would....
JD Marshall
JD Marshall Aug 18, 2020 1:25PM ET
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clearly you're just a racist
eddie glass
eddie glass Aug 18, 2020 1:25PM ET
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yawn, you TD.s victims are insufferable. every time you complain about trump, i know he is winning. you sheep cannot even appreciate this historic gesture done on the anniversary of the 19th amendment. meanwhile the DNC is shoving a rich old white man with a long history of racist and sexist statements and touching little girls and hair sniffing who did an even worse thing by picking a corrupt prosecutor as his VP simply because he needed a black woman to use a political tool to pander for minority and female votes. the DNC loves that you brainwshed hypocrites love to cast stones but not look at the pile of dog doo they are shoving down your throat.
Fabrice Thierry
Fabrice Thierry Aug 18, 2020 12:49PM ET
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Bla Bla...
Bill Hoerter
Bill Hoerter Aug 18, 2020 12:27PM ET
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On the 100 anniversary of women's suffrage it's important to remember the flappers SuperflapperThe superflapper was the extreme woman of the ’20s. Her morals were as loose as her clothes. She made regular appearances in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels and essays. In fact, Fitzgerald declared that his wife, Zelda, was the “first American flapper.” The superflapper lived her life moving from one party to the next, dating one man after the other, and spending money as quickly as she acquired it. She was either envied or scorned by public opinion.
Bill Hoerter
Bill Hoerter Aug 18, 2020 12:27PM ET
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Who does that remind anyone of? AOC on the House floor?
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Aug 18, 2020 11:46AM ET
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I am convinced american women are smarter than him and will not fall in this all to obvious trap, planted by a con
eddie glass
eddie glass Aug 18, 2020 11:46AM ET
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but you think they are stu.pid enough to vote for a demented old rich white man who selected a half-black woman to be his running mate to obviously con women and minority voters? he even openly said it he was picking her because of her skin color and gender. i hope you see the irony. you people have become so anti-american you cannot acknowledge something historic and symbolic like trump is doing which no other president has done in over 100 years for susan b anthony, but you eat up the DNC without question when they do even worse. just brai.nwashed hypocrites.
Ashley Jones
Ashley Jones Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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Does he even know who she was??? 🤔🤔🤔
DJ Ryte
DJ Ryte Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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No but Biden does-- just can't remember.
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Me comment Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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Trump actually thinks she sewed the first American flag.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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DJ Ryte thats funny
Victor Yakov
Victor Yakov Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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DJ Ryte Sleepy Joe!
eddie glass
eddie glass Aug 18, 2020 10:22AM ET
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yes, the propaganda like CNN you watch may not have shown you, but he gave a speech about it. keep complaining TD.s victim, just 4 more years of hearing you crying about trump.
 
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