On Monday, President Donald Trump teased the nation with a big announcement. He said that he would be pardoning someone “very, very important” on Tuesday. This obviously left room for the media and anyone else interested to guess who might be granted clemency from the presidential office.
Most assumed it would be either former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn or former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Flynn, as a former employee of Trump’s, has long been thought to be someone who the president would exonerate from crimes he was basically forced by the FBI to do and admit.
And while a pardon for Snowden would make less sense, Trump has mentioned that doing so is possible, and he has thought “very strongly” on the matter.
However, as CBS correspondent for the White House Weijia Jiang reported on Monday, the pardon wouldn’t be either of these two men.
Instead, it turned out to have much more to do with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which fell on Tuesday.
During a White House event honoring the celebration of women’s right to vote, President Trump made his announcement, choosing to pardon none other than the late and great Susan B. Anthony.
Anthony is known by much of the world for her work in the women’s rights movement during the 19th century. She, like many others, felt that women in the United States should have a right to say who their leader should be, just as the men did. And so she went against federal law in 1872 to vote in the presidential election.
Naturally, she was caught, charged, and convicted – by an all-male jury, of course – of “illegally voting.” And as such, she was fined. While it may not seem like much of a crime, her arrest and conviction moved mountains in the road to women’s rights. In fact, it seemed as though her conviction and subsequent refusal to pay her fine energized the entire women’s suffrage movement, which ended on August 18, 1920, with the passing of the 19th Amendment.
President Trump thought it was high time that this “hero” received a pardon for her so-called crimes.
He said, “While I am president, America will always honor its heroes. Later today, I will be signing a full pardon for Susan B. Anthony… She got a pardon for a lot of other women, but she never put her name on the list.”
Naturally, the progressive left has turned this against Trump, saying it is a slap in the face to both Anthony and the entire movement. And according to New York’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, the pardon should be rescinded.
She wrote, “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.”
But once again, the left has missed the entire point.
Trump is not trying to take away her actions and, in so doing, erase them or why they mattered. Instead, he is trying to make up for an injustice that should never have been done. Anthony should have been able to walk into any polling center she wanted and cast a vote for her preferred candidate, just like any man. And yet the laws of the times demanded that she couldn’t.
Trump can’t reverse the law that got her into trouble. Thankfully, that has already been taken care of. What he can do, is note her heroism and make all efforts that she, her name, and her legacy forever be remembered with honor.
Then again, in the cancel culture, we live in today, anything even remotely good in Trump’s eyes must be wrong. And so it should come as no surprise that mere hours after Anthony was pardoned, the New York Times tried to cancel her.
They wrote, “Ms. Anthony was tried for illegally voting, & protested the fine that she was charged… She is also an increasingly divisive figure, adopted by anti-abortion forces & criticized for relegating Black suffragists to the sidelines.”
Really? Anthony, a “divisive figure?” She is hailed as one of the first to bring the issue of gender equality into question. And yet she is suddenly divisive because Trump pardoned her? When progressive thinking heroes like Susan B. Anthony don’t even have a chance anymore, that’s when you know society has gotten way out of hand.