Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman is “fantastic” but she shouldn’t replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.

He cited “pure political correctness” for the Treasury Department’s decision to feature the African-American abolitionist–who was born into slavery and led the Underground Railroad–instead of the nation’s seventh president, a slave owner.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Trump said Tubman’s likeness should go on a different denomination.

“Well Andrew Jackson had a great history and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said. “Andrew Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country.”

He suggested that “maybe we do the $2 bill” or something else for Tubman.

The currency redesign announced Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, marks two historic milestones: Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. currency and the first woman to be depicted on paper money in 100 years.


The $5 bill will also undergo change: The illustration of the Lincoln Memorial on the back will be redesigned to honor “events at the Lincoln Memorial that helped to shape our history and our democracy.”┬áThe back of the bill will include civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., along with Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt.


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