Ben Carson thinks that Harriet Tubman might be better on the $2 bill than the $20.
The retired neurosurgeon and Donald Trump surrogate was reacting to a story first reported by POLITICO that Tubman — the African-American abolitionist and a woman — will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.
“Well I think Andrew Jackson was a tremendous secretary — I mean a tremendous president,” the former presidential candidate said Wednesday on Fox Business. “I mean, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt.”
“And here he gets kicked off the $20 bill,” host Neil Cavuto said.
“Right, in honor of that we kick him off of the money,” Carson said, though Jackson is expected to stay on the back of the bill.
“Are you anti-Harriet Tubman?” Cavuto asked.
“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill,” Carson said.
But on the other side of the aisle, Democrats were thrilled with the choice.
“A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.
“I cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman,” Bernie Sanders followed shortly after.
The announcement that Jackson will be taken off the bill came as a surprise as many had expected a woman to replace Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the Treasury Department and the modern U.S. financial system, on the $10 bill.
But there was strong pushback from Hamilton fans and critics who said that Jackson should be taken off instead because of his role in removing Native Americans from their land.
Hamilton will stay on the $10 bill, while leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will appear on the back.
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