Donald Trump often talks about how he’s minted money as a New York real-estate developer. But he also has some thoughts on how he’d print money if he becomes president.
In May, the Treasury Department announced that it would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Civil Rights icon Harriet Tubman—a decision widely lauded by historians and by the American public.
But Trump says that, if elected President, he’d put a halt to what he calls a government display of “political correctness,” so as not to deprive Jackson of his rightful place on our currency.
“I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic. I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if maybe we can come up with another denomination,” he told a crowd during a Today Show town hall event. “I don’t like seeing it. Yes, I think it’s pure political correctness. Been on the bill for many, many years, and you know really represented somebody that really was very important to this country.”
He added that he’d like to see Tubman on money, but that she’d be better suited to the $2 bill or “another bill.”
The Treasury initially considered booting Alexander Hamilton off the $10, but reversed course when the public, enchanted by Hamilton the musical, complained that Jackson on the $20 was a better target for replacement.
America’s 7th President’s legacy, it seems, doesn’t quite hold up over time. Jackson practically founded the modern Democratic Party, masterminded the Trail of Tears, which killed thousands of Native Americans, and started the Bank War to protect the institution of slavery.
Tubman was an American hero who helped free hundreds of slaves, believed in gun rights and voted Republican—the kind of person Trump would probably love to have on his team.