Trump Wonders Why 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage Wasn’t Celebrated ‘A Long Time Ago’





President Trump on Monday signed the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act to honor the women who led the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, which provided women with the right to vote after it was ratified in 1920.

During the signing ceremony for the bill, which passed through Congress by unanimous consent, Trump noted that the new law “directs the Treasury Department to issue 400,000 $1 silver coins in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote. The $1 coins that we—will be issued under the act will honor the vital history of the women’s suffrage movement and celebrate many of the brave heroes who fought for the right to vote, such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells.”

Trump then claimed credit for the bill’s passage while questioning why it took so long to get the centennial celebration bill passed.



“This is a great—you’ve been working on this for years, right?” Trump said to some applause.

“So—and they have,” he added. “They’ve been working on this for years and years. And I’m curious, why wasn’t it done a long time ago? … Well, I guess the answer to that is because now I’m president, and we get things done. We get a lot of things done that nobody else got done.”

As CNN Fact Check of Trump’s remarks notes that he “is taking credit for something timed to a specific date — the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. There were no failed efforts to pass similar legislation under previous presidents because the anniversary isn’t until next year.”

The bill that led to this coin was introduced in April 2019. So while a woman’s right to vote was an achievement years in the making — this commemorative coin was not.

Trump frequently boasts of his administration getting things done in contrast to what he calls the “do-nothing Democrats” and this isn’t the first time he has falsely claimed credit for passing legislation that previous administrations couldn’t.

Time and time again, Trump — undeterred by reality — has tried to take credit for signing into law the Veterans Choice Program, even arguing that Sen. John McCain couldn’t previously get it passed. This ignores the reality that VA Choice was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014, and was co-sponsored by Sen. McCain. Trump signed a bill to continue the program and consolidate other programs under the new Veterans Community Care Program.

Trump has also taken credit for accomplishments that happened under previous administrations, including new plants and factoriesUS energy production, and US-Mexico cooperation on migration.