White House pardons have been a hot topic this week, with some in the media speculating that President Donald Trump might offer clemency to former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden or former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The president himself teased reporters on Air Force One Monday with the promise of a pardon for someone “very, very important,” as Reuters reported, but it was neither Snowdon nor Flynn who received the grant, but rather noted suffragette Susan B. Anthony, according to The New York Times.
Trump teases reporters
This past Saturday, President Trump set tongues wagging by suggesting that he was considering a pardon for Snowden, as The Hill noted.
Snowden is among the most polarizing figures in the history of America espionage, drawing expressions of outrage as well as support from those on both sides of the ideological aisle over the years.
Trump himself is among those who have issued harsh assessments of Snowden’s conduct in the past, but he may be having a change of heart, given his recent comments.
Even so, when floating the news of a high-profile forthcoming pardon, the president did make it clear that it would not be going to Snowden or Flynn.
President pardons suffragette
On Tuesday, President Trump ended all of the intense speculation by announcing that the pardon he referenced over the weekend was going to be granted to legendary suffragette and women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, as The Hill noted separately.
Anthony was famously arrested back in 1872 for casting a ballot before women were legally permitted to vote in this country.
Somehow, with all of the pardons that have been granted across the decades, Anthony seems to have slipped through the cracks.
In explaining his decision, Trump stated, “She was guilty for voting. And we are going to be signing a full and complete pardon. And I think that’s really fantastic. She deserves it.”
The left immediately lost their collective minds, of course, accusing the president of engaging in an opportunistic publicity stunt as a way to detract attention from the Democratic National Convention.
Perhaps Democrats are just frustrated that Barack Obama didn’t think of it first.