- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

New York’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and others gathered in front of the Susan B. Anthony House on Tuesday and demanded President Trump rescind his pardon of the iconic suffragette.

“I was deeply troubled this morning to learn that Donald Trump, independent of consulting with the women of this state, the ones who are the holders of the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, that he went ahead and treated her like a criminal and pardoned her,” Ms. Hochul said from the front steps of the historical Rochester site where Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872.

Susan B. Anthony was guilty of nothing other than being a woman,” she added.

Marking the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Mr. Trump issued a full pardon posthumously to Anthony for the “wrongful and unjust conviction stemming from the only vote she ever cast in an election.”

He promised he would “always celebrate the patriots who secured women’s right to vote.”

Ms. Hochul suggested the president had ulterior motives for the move.

“I stopped a long time trying to figure out why he does what he does, but this was not to honor her,” she said, WROC reported. “I don’t know why he did what he did, but I assure you it was not with the best interest of the public at heart.”

“To have Susan B. Anthony’s legacy played with — it’s wrong,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, a Democrat, said during Tuesday’s press conference. “I agree with the lieutenant governor. This pardon should be rescinded because she didn’t want it. She did what she thought was the right thing to do to.”

“I reacted a little bit like the lieutenant governor when I heard the announcement today. I think it’s about respect,” added Deborah Hughes, Anthony House president.

Ms. Hughes later told CNN that Anthony “absolutely would not have wanted the pardon.”

Asked about the criticism, a senior administration official told CNN: “This was a symbolic gesture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.”

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