Trump: Tubman $20 “pure political correctness”

April 21, 2016
Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman is seen in a picture from the Library of Congress taken photographer H.B. Lindsley between 1860 and 1870.  REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman is seen in a picture from the Library of Congress taken photographer H.B. Lindsley between 1860 and 1870. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not believe President Andrew Jackson should replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman and suggested another denomination be created for the anti-slavery crusader.

“I think it’s pure political correctness,” Trump said on  NBC’s “Today” show when asked about the Treasury Department’s decision to make Tubman the first African-American on the face of U.S. paper currency.

“Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said.

“I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic,” he continued. “I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we maybe could come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill. … I think it would be more appropriate.”

Treasury on Wednesday said Tubman, who was born into slavery in the early 1820s and went on to help hundreds of slaves escape, would take the center spot on the bill, while Jackson, a slave owner, would move to the back.

Introduced alongside a slew of changes to the $5 and $10 notes as well, the redesign gives the Treasury “a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America’s history,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said.

Trump, a billionaire businessman from New York, has spoken out against political correctness, most famously in September, when he told an audience in South Carolina, “I’m so tired of this politically correct crap.”

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Oh please. What’s “political correctness” is putting Jackson on the back side of the $20.00. Why not just leave him off altogether?

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