"Awful." "Dumb." Stupid": Fox News' Greta Van Susteren rails against Obama for "dividing the country" by booting Andrew Jackson for Harriet Tubman on the $20

“You all know I’m a feminist," the Fox News host reminded viewers to inoculate herself from criticism

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 21, 2016 1:51PM (EDT)

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Fox News host Greta Van Susteren isn't usually as reflexively right-wing as some of her primetime colleagues, but her reaction to the news that Harriet Tubman, a former slave, would replace Andrew Jackson, a notoriously racist slave owner, on the $20 bill was more delusional than normal, accusing the Obama administration of deliberately “dividing the country.”

Despite the fact that the Treasury Department has swapped out the faces on currency before (Jackson wasn't placed on the $20 until the 1920s) Van Susteren used her show's "off the record" segment on Wednesday to rail against Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's decision to include women in this latest round of currency facelifts in honor of the 100th year anniversary of women's suffrage.

"Don't you wonder why some people don't just use their heads," Van Susteren began. “The Obama administration did it again ... went stupid. And went stupid for no reason.”

Van Susteren claimed that the Treasury Department picked a “100 percent completely unnecessary fight" when it decided to honor Tubman at Jackson's expense.

"You all know I’m a feminist," she reminded her viewers, acknowledging that the famed abolitionist did contribute much to the nation. "But what I don’t get is this: Rather than dividing the country between those who happen to like the tradition of our currency and want President Andrew Jackson to stay put and those who want to put a woman on a bill. It’s so easy to make everyone happy.”

“Give Tubman her own bill,” Van Susteren offered instead. "We could use a $25 bill. Put her picture on that and we could all celebrate," she said. "That’s the smart and easy thing to do. But no, some people don’t think and would gratuitously stir up conflict in the nation. That is so awful, and yes, dumb”:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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