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Trump offers pardon to Susan B. Anthony

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE said Tuesday he would grant a full pardon posthumously to Susan B. Anthony, a famed women’s rights advocate who played a critical role in the women’s suffrage movement.

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.

Anthony was found guilty in 1873 by a completely male jury for having illegally voted in the November 1872 presidential election and was fined $100.

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“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” Trump said at the conclusion of brief remarks at the White House, expressing awe that Anthony was never pardoned. “She was never pardoned. What took so long?”

The pardon for Anthony, who died in 1906, comes as Trump finds himself trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE in polls and facing a significant deficit with women. Trump has been frequently criticized for derogatory remarks about women while in office. In October 2016, while running for president, a video of him talking with an "Access Hollywood" host about grabbing women by the genitals created a major scandal.

Trump won the election over Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBon Jovi to campaign with Biden in Pennsylvania The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden gets late boost with key union endorsement MORE weeks later, however, and his supporters say his tough talk with female political opponents is matched by his tough talk toward men. 

At the event on Tuesday, Trump signed a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and briefly reflected on the history of the women’s suffrage movement.

“It was a monumental victory for equality, for justice, and a monumental victory for America,” Trump said.

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“Women dominate the United States. I think we can say that very strongly,” Trump continued, noting that 131 women now serve in Congress, almost 70 million women vote in elections, more than half of the country’s college students are women and millions of women own small businesses.

Trump was joined at the event by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrumps to host Halloween at White House despite coronavirus Judge throws out Trump campaign lawsuit against New Jersey mail-in ballots MSNBC host cuts off interview with Trump campaign spokesman after clash on alleged voter fraud MORE, Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, former Interior Department Assistant Secretary Susan Combs and a number of external participants, including Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James.

Trump has overtly sought to court suburban female voters in recent weeks as he finds himself trailing Biden in the polls by highlighting his work to dismantle an Obama-era fair housing rule, though it’s unclear whether his tactics will work.

Last week, he tweeted that his decision to scrap the rule, which was meant to eliminate racial discrimination, would garner support from the “suburban housewife” afraid of living near low-income housing projects. Trump has also claimed that Biden would reinstate the rule and “abolish the suburbs.”

"I think suburban women very much appreciate what I did. I terminated it," Trump told reporters on Tuesday, referring to the fair housing rule. He also repeated his assertion that Biden would involve Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-N.J.), who is black, in an effort to reinstate the rule.

A CNN poll released Monday showing a tightening race between Trump and Biden also found that 59 percent of women say they would vote for Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming Jennifer Aniston: 'It's not funny to vote for Kanye' MORE (D-Calif.), while only 36 percent would vote for Trump and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session MORE if the presidential election were held today.

—This report was updated at 1:32 p.m.