BREAKING: Trump Pardons Susan B. Anthony On Historic Day For Women’s Rights

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President Trump commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification by announcing that he would pardon American women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, who was convicted of voting illegally in 1872 by an all-male jury.

The Associated Press reports Trump said that later Tuesday afternoon he would sign “a full and complete pardon” for the voting rights pioneer.

Watch the president’s comments below:

The report adds:

Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action.

The 19th Amendment states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Congress passed it in 1919, and the amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Visiting Anthony’s grave site in Rochester on Election Day has become a popular ritual in recent years. Thousands turned out in 2016 for the presidential match-up between Trump and Hillary Clinton. In 2018, voters showed up by the dozens to put their “I Voted” stickers on her headstone.

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Ahead of the president’s announcement, the Washington Examiner reports Trump hinted he would be pardoning someone “very, very important.”

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