Lt. Gov. Of New York Wants Trump’s Pardon For Susan B. Anthony Rescinded

Lt. Gov. Of New York Wants Trump’s Pardon For Susan B. Anthony Rescinded

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, is calling for President Trump to “rescind his pardon” for women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

“As highest ranking woman elected official in New York and on behalf of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy we demand Trump rescind his pardon. She was proud of her arrest to draw attention to the cause for women’s rights, and never paid her fine. Let her Rest In Peace, @realDonaldTrump,” Hochul tweeted Tuesday.

While Anthony never paid her fine or spent time in jail, Hochul’s claims that were quickly disputed by Twitter users who cited Anthony’s petition to the White House as the reason why she wanted her criminal record overturned.

“She believed she had committed no crime and that her right to vote was protected by the privileges and immunities clause of the 14th amendment. She also petitioned Congress to rescind the fine. She wanted the government to recognize that she had not committed a crime by voting,” replied one Twitter user.

Trump first announced the White House pardon for Anthony on Tuesday morning, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. After teasing reporters saying that he would pardon someone “very, very important,” Trump landed on Anthony, who was charged in 1872 for illegal voting,”found guilty by an all-male jury for illegal voting.”

While many hail Anthony as a hero for women’s rights who left a legacy in the United States and around the world, others in addition to New York’s lieutenant governor somehow found her pardoning troubling.

A senior editor at Rewire News alleged that Trump and Anthony were “kinfolk” racists.

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A New York Times article detailing the pardon also suggested the pardon was Trump’s attempt to “appeal to female voters” and that Anthony was an “increasingly divisive figure, adopted by anti-abortion forces and criticized for relegating Black suffragists to the sidelines.”

 

 

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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