Susan B. Anthony Museum Rejects Trump’s Pardon

"President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks and signs a proclamation on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Blue Room of the White House."Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour / Public Domain

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"If one wants to honor Susan B. Anthony today, a clear stance against any form of voter suppression would be welcome.”

According to the National Review, the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House has rejected President Trump’s pardon of the late women’s suffrage leader, arguing that the move would go against her wishes.

  • Trump pardoned Anthony on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
  • In response, the museum tweeted: “On news of a presidential pardon for Susan B. Anthony on August 18, 2020: Objection! Mr. President, Susan B. Anthony must decline your offer of a pardon today!”
  • Anthony, who was “arrested and charged in 1872 for voting illegally as a woman,” thought her trial was “the greatest outrage History ever witnessed,” the museum said, because she was not permitted to speak in her own defense due to being a woman and because “the judge dismissed the jury in her case before pronouncing her guilty and ordering her to pay a fine.”
  • “She was outraged to be denied a trial by jury. She proclaimed, ‘I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty,” the museum tweeted. “To pay would have been to validate the proceedings. To pardon Susan B. Anthony does the same.”

The museum offered an alternative for honoring Anthony:

The museum proposed instead, ““if one wants to honor Susan B. Anthony today, a clear stance against any form of voter suppression would be welcome.”

“Support for the Equal Rights Amendment would be well received,” it continued. “Advocacy for human rights for all would be splendid.”

“Anthony was also a strong proponent of sex education, fair labor practices, excellent public education, equal pay for equal work, and elimination of all forms of discrimination,” the museum said.

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