U.S presidential candidate Donald Trump has slammed the
government for deciding to replace Andrew Jackson
withÂ anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman as the new face of
the $20 bill.
Trump said he would have preferred a new denomination to be
created rather than replace the former President Jackson with
Tubman, who died in 1913 at the age of 91, escaped slavery in
the South and eventually led hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom
as a â€œconductorâ€ of the Underground
Railroad. After the slaves were freed, Tubman was a staunch
supporter of a womanâ€™s right to vote.
â€œWell, Andrew Jackson had a great history,
and I think itâ€™s very rough when you take
somebody off the bill,â€ Trump said during a town hall
on the â€œTodayâ€ show on NBC
â€œI think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I
would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up
with another denomination.â€
â€œ(Jackson) had a history of tremendous
success for the country,â€ Trump said.
â€œ(The $20) really represented somebody really
that was very important to this country. I would love to see
another denomination and that could take place. I think that would
be more appropriate.â€
â€œAs you know they were going to do the $10
bill, and then all of a sudden the Broadway play,
â€˜Hamilton,â€™ sort of saved that
one,â€ Trump said.
Trumpâ€™s primary competitor John Kasich
praised Tubman on the campaign trail Thursday.
â€œShe wasnâ€™t some big
shot. She became a big shot because of what she did,â€
Kasich said. â€œShe saw something that she thought
did not represent justice, she saw something she thought that was
just patently unfair.