The Seattle Times noted the timing of the pardon, several months before the general election and after polling showed that his support among suburban women has dropped since the last election, especially in battleground states. His campaign has also launched a “Women for Trump” bus tour.
During the same press conference where he announced the pardon, Trump reiterated his opposition to mail-in voting, which some states want to make universal in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I just want to get it right. Win, lose, or draw — I think I’m going to win — win, lose, or draw, we have to get it right,” Trump said. “We have to have honest voting.”
Last week, Trump admitted to withholding funding from the U.S. Postal Service to sabotage universal mail-in voting. He has also suggested delaying the election.
Born into a Quaker family, Anthony never married and never had a serious relationship with a man, swearing off men in her diary at age 18. She would later be described by writer Victoria A. Brownworth as the “most famous lesbian in America in the 19th century.” Her flirtatious – and loving – letters to women remain a testament to what was an open secret at the time.
Anthony is one of the best-known suffragists in U.S. history. As a teen, she was active in the movement to abolish slavery and later became active in the temperance movement.
In 1878, she and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked to get the constitutional amendment introduced in Congress, but she passed away years before it was ratified in 1920.
At her trial years before the amendment was presented in Congress, Anthony gave one of the most famous speeches in U.S. history at the trial, where she said the court has “trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored.”
She would go on to publish a book about the trial to help bring national attention to the movement for women’s right to vote.