Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump threw his two cents in the national discussion about the decision to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
On Thursday, he told the Today show: “I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination.”
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that Tubman’s portrait will appear on the front of the $20 note, making the former slave the first African-American and first Black woman to appear on U.S. currency.
Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson had a similar reaction to Trump. Carson insisted to Fox Business that he’s not anti-Tubman: “I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”
Both Republicans praised the seventh president of the United States. Carson described him as “tremendous” and applauded him for being the last president to balance the federal budget.
Trump told Today that Jackson “had a history of tremendous success for the country.”
They are deaf to Jackson’s critics, who are appalled that he owned about 150 slaves who worked his cotton plantation and fiercely defended slavery. He’s also remembered for his policy of forced migration, relocating thousands of Cherokee people in what became known as the Trail of Tears.
Tubman was a runaway slave who led hundreds of others to freedom as a conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was also a Union spy in the Civil War and a supporter of a woman’s right to vote.
SOURCE: Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty