Last week marked the anniversary of the second assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life. In the span of almost two weeks, two different women attempted to kill the President. What motivated them?
Forty-two years ago from last Friday, just seventeen days after Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme had tried to kill President Ford in Northern California, Sara Jane Moore took a shot at President Ford, also in Northern California. The picture above was taken directly after Fromme’s attempt and captures the pandemonium that followed.
Squeaky Fromme tried to kill Mr. Ford to stop him from cutting down redwoods.
Fromme was sentenced to life in prison and, despite a brief 1987 escape, she was paroled in 2009. She is 68.
Sara Jane Moore tried to kill Mr. Ford because “the government had declared war on the left.” Her shot narrowly missed the President.
Moore was sentenced to life in prison and made this statement at the time: “I do regret I didn’t succeed, and allow the winds of change to start. I wish I had killed him. I did it to create chaos.”
Moore escaped from prison in 1979 but was recaptured and sent to a more secure facility. Nearly thirty years later, after Gerald Ford’s death, Sara Jane Moore was paroled in 2007. She said then: “I know now that I was wrong to try. Thank God I didn’t succeed.”
This is a good and decent country. Radical politics, however, have led some to view America as a force for evil. In extreme cases, such as Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, this distortion has reached the level of attempted violence
She said that she had been “blinded by her radical political views.”
Sara Jane Moore is 87.
Fromme and Moore are the only two women in American history who have tried to assassinate a US president – although Mary Surratt was convicted as a conspirator in the murder of Lincoln and hanged and Missouri Democratic state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal posted on Facebook a comment stating that she hopes President Trump would be assassinated and Madonna said she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
This is a good and decent country. Radical politics, however, have led some to view America as a force for evil. In extreme cases, such as Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, this distortion has reached the level of attempted violence. We are lucky they failed.