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Trump: Tubman on the $20 bill is 'pure political correctness'

"I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson”

David Wright reporting for CNN: Another opinionated comment from the media mogul Donald Trump was heard during a town hall on the “Today” show on NBC Thursday morning.

This time it was about replacing the seventh president of the U.S. Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with the anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman.

"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."

However, Trump was not against putting this brave woman on another dollar bill. Specifically, the $2 bill, which is no longer printed.

In public opinion, Andrew Jackson is a controversial figure. A war hero, a president, but also a slave owner and the initiator of the infamous "Trail of Tears" policy that forcibly relocated the Cherokee people to devastating effect.

On the other hand, Tubman, who died in 1913 at the age of 91, not only escaped slavery in the South and eventually led hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad, but was a staunch supporter of a woman's right to vote. Without people like her, Hillary Clinton’s nomination would not have been possible.  

"(Jackson) had a history of tremendous success for the country," Trump said. "(The $20) really represented somebody really that was very important to this country. I would love to see another denomination and that could take place. I think that would be more appropriate."

Trump also connected Jackson's removal with the hit musical "Hamilton," since it was the $10 bill, graced by first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, that had initially been targeted in the push to put a woman on a piece of U.S. currency.

"As you know they were going to do the $10 bill, and then all of a sudden the Broadway play, 'Hamilton,' sort of saved that one," Trump said.

Trump's primary competitor John Kasich praised Tubman on the campaign trail Thursday.

"She wasn't some big shot. She became a big shot because of what she did," Kasich said. "She saw something that she thought did not represent justice, she saw something she thought that was just patently unfair.”

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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