Trump used his speech at a campaign rally in Tennessee on Monday (Oct. 1) as an opportunity to plug Andrew Jackson staying on the $20 bill—despite Barack Obama‘s strong effort to put Harriet Tubman on it. He expressed the same resistance to Obama’s proposal as he had during his 2016 campaign.
“Andrew Jackson, who continues to be on the $20 bill, you know that,” Yahoo reported Trump said. “I’m a big Andrew Jackson fan.”
However, the president’s opposition to the revamped $20 bill hasn’t stopped people from supporting Tubman’s face on the bill.
The African-American icon, who ran the Underground Railroad that helped Southern slaves escape to freedom, deserves the honor, Obama and other supporters have said. A revamped $20 bill with Tubman would make her the first African-American to be represented on U.S. currency. The potential change would be unprecedented and have significant historical value.
Trump-appointed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been vague about when a makeover of the bill could happen. “Ultimately we will be looking at this issue,” Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC last year. “It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment.
As Trump or Mnuchin dodge talking about Tubman, supporters will likely continue to press the issue.
Powerful Images Of Activists Honoring Botham Jean On His Birthday
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Listen: Allison Jean calling in from St. Lucia: “I really thank you for continuing to stand with me. All I ask is that we recognize that the Lord is the one that takes vengeance. Whatever we do in seeking justice, we have to do it peacefully.” @CBSDFW #BothamJean pic.twitter.com/xfpv8DFybK— Yona Gavino (@YonaGavinoTV) September 29, 2018
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Despite rainy weather in Dallas, dozens of Christians have gathered on the county courthouse steps on what would have been Botham Jean’s 27th birthday. They plan to praise God and peacefully call for justice in Jean’s shooting death. #BothamShemJean #Justice4Botham pic.twitter.com/WvhchfbUVf— Bobby Ross Jr. (@bobbyross) September 29, 2018
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Saturday would have been #BothamJean's 27th birthday. To mark Jean's birthday, a town hall was held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in #Dallas where community members had the chance to bring up their questions and concerns about his case and others. https://t.co/V4wRGixoBG— Francisco Taveira (@jftaveira1993) September 30, 2018
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