With the sincerest hope we’re taking this out of context, or we’re not privy to an inside joke, it appears as though former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson thinks Harriet Tubman is better suited for the $2 bill and not the $20 bill.
According to Politico, the retired neurosurgeon wasn’t too thrilled to learn Tubman–an abolitionist who courageously freed 300 slaves–would replace former President Andrew Jackson. In his mind, it’s just not fair.
“Well I think Andrew Jackson was a tremendous secretary — I mean a tremendous president,” the 64 year old said Wednesday (April 20) on Fox Business. “I mean, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt.”
Yet, when host Neil Cavuto asked Carson if he’s anti-Tubman, Carson clarified and said he’s a huge Tubman fan, but thinks a lesser bill would be more fitting.
“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill,” Carson said.
For those unaware, there’s actually a $2 bill. Do a cursory Google search and you’ll find that it features Thomas Jefferson on the front, and was first printed in 1862 up until 1966 when it was discontinued.
So what Carson is saying is place Harriet Tubman on a bill, just not a bill anyone will use.
Okay, Mr. Carson. Whatever you say.