Ann Coulter needs to stop: She and the rest of the clueless conservatives need to quit moaning about replacing Jackson with Tubman on $20 bill

"The Revolutionary contributions of Andrew Jackson," Coulter's Twitter tribute begins

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 22, 2016 3:59PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

While other conservative talkers got their reflexive right-wing signals crossed when the Treasury Department announced that it was celebrating the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage by replacing the slave-owning former president with a woman slave turned abolitionist, Ann Coulter had sense enough to not attack Harriet Tubman, but rather, offered her own memorial of Andrew Jackson.

Some of the crazier depths of right-wing Twitter got carried away when Tubman was announced as the new face of the $20 bill earlier this week, as did Fox News hosts like Greta Van Susteren, who raged against the Obama administration for "dividing the country" with Tubman's pick, suggesting Tubman be relegated to a novelty $25 bill instead. Ben Carson and Donald Trump seemed to suggest that honoring Tubman was somehow bowing to political correctness, offering her the $2 bill in order to keep Jackson on the $20.

Still, most conservatives appeared fine with Tubman as the first African-American woman portrayed on U.S. currency, noting that she was a gun-carrying Republican while Jackson was a founding Democrat.

For her part, Coulter took to Twitter to defend Jackson's honor as his ugly history resurfaced all over the place this week:

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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