President Trump posthumously pardoned Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday this week marking the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. In a stunning display of Trump Derangement Syndrome the namesake museum for the women’s rights activist has “declined” the offer of a pardon.
Susan B. Anthony was a famous women’s rights activist who fought hard for women’s right to vote. The 19th Amendment was passed in her honor and officially gave all US citizens who are women the right to vote in elections. In a ceremony commemorating the 100 year anniversary of that amendment the President posthumously pardoned Susan B. Anthony for an arrest dating back to 1872.
The president of the Susan B. Anthony Museum released a statement condemning the action.
“Anthony wrote in her diary in 1873 that her trial for voting was ‘The greatest outrage History ever witnessed.’ She was not allowed to speak as a witness in her own defense, because she was a woman. At the conclusion of arguments, Judge Hunt dismissed the jury and pronounced her guilty. She was outraged to be denied a trial by jury. She proclaimed, ‘I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.’ To pay would have been to validate the proceedings. To pardon Susan B. Anthony does the same.”Deborah L Hughes – Susan B Anthony Museum
The statement indicates the leaders of the namesake museum are completely lost on the subject of their hero’s efforts. A pardon is a symbolic tool of the executive branch and it’s use is intended to right the wrongs of the past. Susan B. Anthony should never have been brought into court on charges and the pardoning, though many years later, is overdue but not unimportant.