“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did. But we can find another way to honor her.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 20, 2016
As though endorsing the most openly racist presidential candidate under suspicious circumstances wasn’t bad enough, Ben Carson wants Fox News to know – as Fox News’ token black voice on the subject – that he doesn’t support Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill just because he’s black.
“Well I think Andrew Jackson was a tremendous secretary – I mean a tremendous president,” the former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon said Wednesday on Fox Business. “I mean, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt.”
“And here he gets kicked off the $20 bill,” retorted host Neil Cavuto.
“Right in honor of that we kick him off of the money,” Carson said, apparently unaware of both the fact that Jackson WILL remain on the back of the bill AND that this change will not go into effect until 2030.
And also that 20 dollar bills of any kind will still be worth, well, 20 dollars.
“Are you Anti-Harriet Tubman?” Cavuto asked his token black guest.
“I love Harriet Tubman,” Carson replied, clearing up any unfounded myths that he might be, in fact, pro-slavery. “I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”
For those keeping score at home, or willfully unaware of America, Andrew Jackson’s administration (among many other travesties) was publicly supportive of maintaining the institution of slavery, and organized mass deportations that killed thousands of American Indians on the Trail of Tears.
He was also famously referred to as King Andrew the First because of his constant bypassing of Congress in favor of executive actions, something the GOP loves to criticize President Obama about every other Monday.
But, as Carson and Cavuto put it, the man was “tremendous.”
Oh, Ben. I’d laugh to keep from crying, but you’d probably just ask me “Is this even America anymore?“