Originally posted on August 20, 2020
August 18 was the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, the one that gave women the right to vote. In a transparent effort to pander to women he pardoned Susan B. Anthony of her conviction for voting when voting by women was against the law. I’m guessing not many women were impressed by his pardon of someone who died in 1906.
Like a lot of things Trump does, he apparently didn’t study this one enough to fully understand it before he acted. While she was alive Anthony refused any idea of a pardon because it would lend an air of validity to her conviction.
The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House responded with a tweet that mocked Trump’s pardon. Among the museum director’s comments was Anthony’s support for “sex education, fair labor practices, excellent public education, equal pay for equal work, and elimination of all forms of discrimination.”
Of those five items, which ones is part of any Republican agenda? Until they are, empty gestures like unwanted pardons are just insulting.