Trump issues pardon for Susan B. Anthony and gets laughed at by audience

On Tuesday morning, President Trump attempted to distract the nation from the Democratic National Convention and soften his image in the eyes of women voters by issuing a pardon for Susan B. Anthony, the suffragette hero who was arrested and later convicted for illegally voting in 1872.

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“She was never pardoned. What took so long?” asked Trump at his White House signing ceremony. “She was guilty for voting. And we are going to be signing a full and complete pardon. And I think that’s really fantastic. She deserves it.”

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Tellingly, the audience laughed when he made the announcement, which was supposed to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment.

Of course, Trump doesn’t actually care about women or their desires, because he never bothered to ask why she was never pardoned.

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It’s because she didn’t want to be pardoned.

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Former Democratic Representative Katie Hill, who has written a book on misogyny in politics and the women’s suffragette movement, took to Twitter to point out to the President how his pardon flew in the face of what Susan B. Anthony actually wanted, which was to not be pardoned until all women had full equality.

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Though men like Donald Trump and other social conservatives like Ben Shapiro are adamantly pretending that the women’s rights movement is over, women are equal and feminism is an attack on men by radical leftists, the truth is far uglier.

The Equal Rights Amendment is still unratified some fifty years later and the gender pay gap is as bad as it’s ever been. Latina women are paid only 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes, while Native women earn only 57 cents, Black women 62 cents, white women 79 cents, and Asian women 90 cents. Donald Trump himself is abusing the powers of the government to disenfranchise women voters of color across the nation.

It’s just so painfully appropriate for Trump, who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by at least 25 women, to have issued a pardon in a transparently meaningless stunt that the recipient wouldn’t even have wanted in the first place.

After all the misogynistic attacks and insulted he’s hurled against women that he’s made over the years, the dozens of heinous accusations, and his admission that he’s attempting to sabotage the post office to disrupt the election, it’s hard to see how this little stunt will win him any goodwill with America’s women.

 

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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