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Donald Trump: Leave Andrew Jackson alone! — "Let's come up with another denomination" for women

The GOP front-runner thinks we need to continue to celebrate Jackson's horrible, horrible legacy


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 21, 2016 5:50PM (UTC)

During his town hall meeting with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today showing Thursday morning, GOP front-runner Donald Trump was asked how he felt about replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman.

"You have, so often in this campaign, railed against 'political correctness,'" Lauer began. "Do you see this as a move that is about political correctness, or simply a move that is way overdue?"

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"Andrew Jackson had a great history," Trump replied, "and I think it's rough when you take somebody off the bill. Andrew Jackson had a history of tremendous success for the country."

He went on to blame the success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "Hamilton" for making it impossible for Treasury to swap out the $10 bill. "The Broadway play saved that one," he said, "and that means -- I mean, I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson."

"Maybe we need to do another denomination -- maybe we do a $2 bill," he said, before returning to Lauer's original question. "Yes, I think it's pure political correctness -- [Jackson's] been on the bill for many, many years, and really represented someone who was really important to this country."

"I would love to see another denomination," he concluded, "I think that would be more appropriate."

Watch the entire segment below via NBC News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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