Trump was asked this morning about the brewing controversy over Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill:
“Republican front-runner Donald Trump opposes the decision to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman, calling it “pure political correctness.”
Tubman, who helped many slaves escape via the Underground Railroad in the years before the Civil War, is “fantastic,” Trump said on NBC’s Today show, but “I’d love to leave Andrew Jackson” on the $20.
The businessman who has often railed against “political correctness” suggested Tubman could go on a new denomination, “maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill” — a suggestion that one of Trump’s supporters, former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, also has made. …”
Leon Wolf of RedState has another article up accusing Trump of “actively courting racists” by opposing Tubmans on the $20:
“However, if you look at what Donald Trump has said today about Tubman on the $20 bill, versus what he said about men being in women’s restrooms, it is evident that he is once again signaling to his white supremacist basis of support. The specific reason that Trump opposes Tubman on the $20 bill is that he says that the whole move smacks of “political correctness.” …”
Jim Geraghty of National Review, a fine specimen of #CuckFace, sums up the #TruConservative position this morning on Harriet Tubman:
“Perhaps some of the voices calling for Tubman on the $20 just wanted any prominent African-American woman to replace one of the white males on our currency. If it was political correctness that drove this decision, who cares? The Obama administration has inadvertently given Tubman fans of all political stripes an opportunity to tell the story of a deeply-religious, gun-toting Republican who fought for freedom in defiance of the laws of a government that refused to recognize her rights.”
Who cares if we remove another Dead White Male from our currency? He is being replaced by a badass, gun-slinging, Christian, black female Republican.
In National Review, which is tripling down this morning on their defense of Tubmans, Eli Lehrer wants to remove Jackson for being an “overheated, pompous populist” and replace him with Harriet Tubman who is imagined as a gun-slinging, freedom-fighting, black female Republican ninja:
“Harriet Tubman is a good choice to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Jackson, the first Democratic president, is exactly the sort of overheated, pompous populist that has tended to screw up the American political system. His demotion to the back of the bill is long overdue. …”
In short, Harriett Tubman was a black, Republican, gun-toting, veterans’ activist, with ninja-like spy skills and strong Christian beliefs. She probably wouldn’t have an ounce of patience for the obtuse posturing of some of the tenured radicals hanging around Ivy League faculty lounges. But does she deserve a place on our money? Hell yeah.” …”
In other words, replacing Jackson on the $20 with Harriet Tubman is all about snubbing all those Jacksonian racists who are supporting Donald Trump, and striking a blow against populist nationalism. It is about a certain type of effeminate, chubby, nerdy White male conservative who is intimidated by Jackson and Trump’s masculinity, and who would rather identify with a gun-slinging, freedom-fighting, black female Republican ninja.