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The Biden administration will put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill after Trump insisted on keeping a slave owner on it

Back in 2016, the Obama administration announced that Harriet Tubman would become the first Black person on American paper currency after she was declared the winner of a nationwide poll. But, surprise! Donald “Least Racist Person Ever” Trump didn’t like the idea of a Black woman displacing Andrew Jackson—a slave owner responsible for the death of thousands of American Indians—from the $20 note. “Andrew Jackson had a great history and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” he said, calling it “pure political correctness.” Then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, reportedly worried that his boss would throw a presidential hissy fit over the change, announced in 2019 that he would delay the redesign until at least 2026. But now that the president of the United States isn’t an easily offended racist prone to flying off the handle at the slightest perceived provocation, things are back on track.

The Biden administration will resume the process to replace President Andrew Jackson’s face on the note with famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during her Monday news briefing. A Treasury Department spokesperson confirmed the change.

Tubman was originally slated to appear on the $10 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton, one of only two non-presidents featured on American money. Benjamin Franklin appears on the $100 bill. But Hamilton was spared thanks in part to the popularity of the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.

“The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 notes,” Psaki said on Monday. “It’s important that our notes…reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.”


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