President Trump announced Tuesday he will issue a posthumous pardon for Susan B. Anthony; found guilty by an all-male jury of illegally voting in 1873.
“Trump made the announcement during a ceremony Tuesday morning celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States,” reports The Hill.
“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” Trump said at the White House. “She was never pardoned. What took so long?”
BREAKING: On the 19th Amendment anniversary, President Trump says he will pardon Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872 in violation of laws permitting only men to vote. https://t.co/CxjgjsfLRE
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2020
BREAKING: President Trump to pardon to Susan B. Anthony https://t.co/GxFYLefLa8
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“It was a monumental victory for equality, for justice, and a monumental victory for America,” Trump said.
“Women dominate the United States. I think we can say that very strongly,” Trump continued.
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CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’: Gavin Newsom ‘PARDONS’ Immigrant Felons to Shield Them from Deportation
California’s far-left Governor Gavin Newsom continued his all-out-war with the Trump administration over immigration this week; pardoning former felons and refugees the White House is seeking to deport.
“Newsom adopted a policy of his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, to use his state constitutional authority to issue pardons to shield immigrants targeted by federal immigration officials,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“The pardons are an unmistakable rebuke to President Trump, whose fiery anti-immigrant rhetoric and demands for a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have been central to the escalating political feud between Newsom and the White House,” adds the article.
“I’m constantly trying to understand the moment we’re living in, the xenophobia, the nativism that marks the populism of this moment,” Newsom said. “Any of us who are students of history know that it’s not without precedent. It’s not novel. It’s hardly new. It’s very familiar.”
One of the refugees -originally from Cambodia- was arrested by federal immigration agents in March.
The man was convicted for solicitation to commit murder in 2001.
The pardons come just months after Newsom vowed to sue the Trump administration for declaring a “national emergency” along the US-Mexico border.
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution,” said Newsom following the President’s press conference. “Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.”
“President Trump got one thing right this morning about his declaration, when he said ‘I didn’t have to do this,’” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “In fact, he can’t do this… This is a president showing his disdain for the rule of law and our U.S. Constitution.”
Read the full report at the Los Angeles Times.
CALLING THEIR BLUFF: Trump Asks NFL Players to ‘Recommend People’ for Pardons
President Trump offered a possible solution for professional athletes who continue to protest the national anthem Friday; asking NFL players to compile a list of people they claim have been mistreated and the President will consider possible pardons.
The President was speaking with reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada when he weighed in on player protests ahead of the upcoming football season.
“I’m going to say to them: Instead of talking, it’s all talk, talk, talk… I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system,” said Trump.
“I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated. Friends of theirs or people they know about and I’m going to take a look at those applications. If I find — if my committee finds they’re unfairly treated, we will pardon them or at least let them out,” Trump said.
Watch the President’s possible solution above.