Blustering businessman Donald Trump doesn’t want to see any change on the $20 bill.
In a “Today” town hall Thursday, Donald Trump wrote off Tubman’s upcoming placement on the bill as “pure political correctness” — just moments after he appeared progressive for advocating transgender rights.
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“I don’t like seeing it,” the GOP presidential front-runner said about the bill swap, suggesting Tubman might be better for the little-seen $2 bill.
“I think it’s pure political correctness … I would love to see another denomination, and I think that would be more important.”
The U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday, to wide acclaim, that Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill. Tubman, a former slave, will be the first African-American on U.S. paper currency and the first woman in a century — and she’ll replace a president with a legacy tarnished by owning slaves and oppressing Indians.
But Trump thinks the dollar decision makes no sense — because Jackson had “a great history.”
“I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill. Andrew Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country,” Trump said, citing no specifics.
He assured the audience that he thinks Tubman “is fantastic” — just not enough for the $20 bill.
“Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill,” he said.
Several people in the “Today” audience were seen reacting with disgust to Trump’s answer.
Placing Tubman on the $2 bill would bounce off President Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father.
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“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill,” Carson told Fox Business Network.
He said Jackson shouldn’t lose his cash spot, since he was “the last president who actually balanced the federal budget.” That balance, back in 1835, lasted for one year.
Trump’s bill blunder came right after a rare moment of him seeming sensible, when he stood against the GOP party line by supporting LGBT rights.
Trump said he opposes North Carolina’s law discriminating bathroom use for transgender citizens.
Matt Lauer asked Trump if he would, hypothetically, let Caitlyn Jenner use any bathroom she wants while visiting Trump Tower.
“That is correct,” Trump said, earning mild applause and cheers.
But elsewhere in the interview, Trump simply stuck to his usual nonsense about deporting immigrants and building a Mexican border wall. Still, he promised the crowd that he would become so “presidential” if elected that people will miss the days when he endlessly spouted intolerance.
“At the right time, I will so presidential, you will be so bored,” he said.
“You will say, ‘Can’t he have a little bit more energy?