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Politics Trump to posthumously pardon Susan B. Anthony, convicted of voting illegally

18:42  18 august  2020
18:42  18 august  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he is issuing a posthumous presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony, a leader of the women's suffrage movement who was found guilty of voting illegally -- as a woman -- in the 1872 presidential election.

Kay Coles James et al. posing for the camera: President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremony at the White House, Aug. 18, 2020. © Carlos Barria/Reuters President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremony at the White House, Aug. 18, 2020.

"Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony. She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned," the president said, calling the move "fantastic."

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Trump made the announcement at a White House event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment -- which ensured women the right to vote. It was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, 14 years after Anthony died.

Susan Combs, Donald Trump posing for the camera: President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremony at the White House, Aug. 18, 2020. © Patrick Semansky/AP President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremony at the White House, Aug. 18, 2020.

"She was guilty for voting. And we are going to be signing a full and complete pardon," Trump said.

Although he didn't say so specifically, the symbolic gesture appeared aimed, at least in part, at female voters Trump is looking to court ahead of the election -- as polls show the demographic currently prefers former Vice President Joe Biden.

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It also comes amid Trump's relentless claims, without evidence, of widespread fraud if there is universal mail-in voting in November's election, and mounting concern over United States Postal Service disruptions that Democrats argue endanger the voting rights of millions of Americans planning to vote by mail due to the pandemic.

While Trump -- the "law and order" president -- has amplified fears of illegal voting heading into the 2020 election, the irony is not lost on some that Anthony was arrested for just that.

In a widely publicized trial in 1873, Anthony protested what she called "high-handed outrage upon my citizen's rights" and said she would "never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty." She never did, and the authorities declined to take further action.

an old photo of a person: Women's Suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony, circa late nineteenth or early twentieth century. © Photoquest/Getty Images Women's Suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony, circa late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

"We have to have honest voting," Trump said at the same event Tuesday, continuing his attacks on mail-in voting. "That's what this is all about here. We have to have honest voting."

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The president first teased on Monday he would pardon a "very, very important" person, only adding at the time it would not be leaker Edward Snowden or Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

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Anthony does not fit the typical model for a Trump pardon, usually reserved to those he personally knows.

Most recently, Trump recently granted a controversial clemency to his longtime political adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted on several charges related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, including lying to federal officials.

Notably, she has faced criticism in recent years as some argue she sidelined Black women in the suffrage movement.

ABC News' Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.

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